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Definition of "kindly" []

  • Of a sympathetic, helpful, or benevolent nature: a kindly interest; a gentle, kindly soul. See Synonyms at kind1. (adjective)
  • Agreeable; pleasant: a kindly breeze. (adjective)
  • Archaic Within the law; lawful. (adjective)
  • Obsolete Natural to its kind. (adjective)
  • Out of kindness: She kindly overlooked their mistake. (adverb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "kindly" in a sentence
  • "Contempt, dislike, kindly disdain -- he was always _kindly_ -- he made quite a point of _that_."
  • "Each afternoon, he turned away from the Pentecostal preacher who stood with his Bible at the foot of his bed, and said his name kindly and asked to say a prayer or lay his hands upon the burning body."
  • "Shain from the label kindly took time out to give us a little insight and history of this fiercely independent label."