Etymology
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kindness (n.)

c. 1300, "courtesy, noble deeds," from kind (adj.) + -ness. Meanings "kind deeds; kind feelings; quality or habit of being kind" are from late 14c. Old English kyndnes meant "nation," also "produce, an increase."

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Definitions of kindness

kindness (n.)
the quality of being warmhearted and considerate and humane and sympathetic;
kindness (n.)
tendency to be kind and forgiving;
Synonyms: forgivingness
kindness (n.)
a kind act;
Synonyms: benignity
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