1. showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity;
- Example: "was charitable in his opinions of others"
- Example: "kindly criticism"
- Example: "a kindly act"
- Example: "sympathetic words"
- Example: "a large-hearted mentor"
[syn: charitable, benevolent, kindly, sympathetic, good-hearted, openhearted, large-hearted]
2. pleasant and agreeable;
- Example: "a kindly climate"
- Example: "kindly breeze"
1. in a kind manner or out of kindness;
- Example: "He spoke kindly to the boy"
- Example: "she kindly overlooked the mistake"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Kindly \Kind"ly\ (k[imac]nd"l[y^]), a. [Compar. Kindlier (k[imac]nd"l[i^]*[~e]r); superl. Kindliest.] [AS. cyndelic. See Kind, n. ] [1913 Webster] 1. According to the kind or nature; natural. [R.] [1913 Webster] The kindly fruits of the earth. --Book of Com. Prayer. [1913 Webster] An herd of bulls whom kindly rage doth sting. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] Whatsoever as the Son of God he may do, it is kindly for Him as the Son of Man to save the sons of men. --L. Andrews. [1913 Webster] 2. Humane; congenial; sympathetic; hence, disposed to do good to; benevolent; gracious; kind; helpful; as, kindly affections, words, acts, etc. [1913 Webster] The shade by which my life was crossed, . . . Has made me kindly with my kind. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] 3. Favorable; mild; gentle; auspicious; beneficent. [1913 Webster] In soft silence shed the kindly shower. --Pope. [1913 Webster] Should e'er a kindlier time ensue. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] Note: "Nothing ethical was connoted in kindly once: it was simply the adjective of kind. But it is God's ordinance that kind should be kindly, in our modern sense of the word as well; and thus the word has attained this meaning." --Trench. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Kindly \Kind"ly\, adv. 1. Naturally; fitly. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Examine how kindly the Hebrew manners of speech mix and incorporate with the English language --Addison. [1913 Webster] 2. In a kind manner; congenially; with good will; with a disposition to make others happy, or to oblige. [1913 Webster] Be kindly affectioned one to another, with brotherly love. --Rom. xii. 10. [1913 Webster]WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
kindly adv 1: in a kind manner or out of kindness; "He spoke kindly to the boy"; "she kindly overlooked the mistake" [ant: unkindly] adj 1: showing or motivated by sympathy and understanding and generosity; "was charitable in his opinions of others"; "kindly criticism"; "a kindly act"; "sympathetic words"; "a large-hearted mentor" [syn: charitable, benevolent, kindly, sympathetic, good-hearted, openhearted, large-hearted] 2: pleasant and agreeable; "a kindly climate"; "kindly breeze"Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
110 Moby Thesaurus words for "kindly": Christian, Christlike, Christly, accommodating, affable, affably, affectionate, agreeable, agreeably, amiable, amiably, amicable, amicably, ardently, attentive, beneficent, benevolent, benign, benignant, benignantly, benignly, blissfully, breathlessly, brotherly, cheerfully, compassionate, complaisant, compliant, considerate, considerately, cooperative, cordially, courteously, decent, enjoyably, enthusiastically, excitedly, exuberantly, fair, favorable, favorably, fervently, fervidly, fraternal, friendly, generous, generously, genially, glowingly, good, good-hearted, gracious, graciously, gratifyingly, heart and soul, heartily, heatedly, heedfully, hospitably, human, humane, humanely, humanly, impassionedly, indulgent, intensely, keenly, kind, kindhearted, kindheartedly, kindly-disposed, loving, neighborly, nice, nicely, obliging, obligingly, overindulgent, overpermissive, passionately, permissive, pleasantly, please, pleasingly, pleasurably, politely, propitious, satisfyingly, sociable, softhearted, softheartedly, sympathetic, sympathizing, tender, tenderhearted, tenderheartedly, thoughtful, thoughtfully, vigorously, warm, warmhearted, warmheartedly, warmly, well, well-affected, well-disposed, well-intentioned, well-meaning, well-meant, zealously