kindly

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Inflections of 'kindly' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
kindlier
adj comparative
kindliest
adj superlative

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
kind•ly /ˈkaɪndli/USA pronunciation   adj.,  -li•er, -li•est, adv. 
adj. [usually before a noun]
  1. having, showing, or proceeding from a kind disposition:kindly people.

adv. 
  1. in a kind manner.
  2. cordially or heartily:We thank you kindly.
  3. This word is used in requests to mean "please'':Kindly close the door.
  4. with liking;
    favorably:to take kindly to an idea.
kind•li•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
kind•ly  (kīndlē),USA pronunciation adj.,  -li•er, -li•est, adv. 
adj. 
  1. having, showing, or proceeding from a benevolent disposition or spirit;
    kindhearted:kindly people.
  2. gentle or mild, as rule or laws.
  3. pleasant, agreeable, or benign:kindly climate.
  4. favorable, as soil for crops.

adv. 
  1. in a kind manner;
    with sympathetic or helpful kindness.
  2. cordially or heartily:We thank you kindly.
  3. obligingly;
    please:Would you kindly close the door?
  4. with liking;
    favorably:to take kindly to an idea.
  • bef. 900; Middle English kyndly (adjective, adjectival and adverb, adverbial), Old English gecyndelīc natural, gecyndelīce naturally; see kind1, -ly
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  kind 1.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
kindly /ˈkaɪndlɪ/ adj ( -lier, -liest)
  1. having a sympathetic or warm-hearted nature
  2. motivated by warm and sympathetic feelings
  3. pleasant, mild, or agreeable: a kindly climate
  4. archaic natural; normal
adv
  1. in a considerate or humane way
  2. with tolerance or forbearance: he kindly forgave my rudeness
  3. cordially; pleasantly: he greeted us kindly
  4. please (often used to express impatience or formality): will you kindly behave yourself!
  5. archaic in accordance with nature; appropriately
  6. not take kindly toto react unfavourably towards

ˈkindliness n
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