adj. kind·li·er, kind·li·est
1. Of a sympathetic, helpful, or benevolent nature: a kindly interest; a gentle, kindly soul. See Synonyms at kind1.
2. Agreeable; pleasant: a kindly breeze.
a. Archaic Of or relating to a status derived by legal descent from an ancestor.
b. Obsolete Natural to its kind.
1. Out of kindness: She kindly overlooked their mistake.
2. In a kind manner: He spoke kindly to us.
3. Pleasantly; agreeably: The sun shone kindly.
4. In an accommodating manner: Would you kindly fill in your name and address?
5. Obsolete In a way or course that is natural; fittingly.
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