1. the state or quality of being kind: kindness to animals.
  2. a kind act; favor: his many kindnesses to me.
  3. kind behavior: I will never forget your kindness.
  4. friendly feeling; liking.


  1. the practice or quality of being kind
  2. a kind, considerate, or helpful act

c.1300, “courtesy, noble deeds,” from kind (adj.) + -ness. Meaning “kind deeds; kind feelings” is from late 14c. Old English kyndnes meant “nation; produce, an increase.”

see kill with kindness; milk of human kindness.

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