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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 kind·ly /ˈkaɪn(d)li/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Kind·ly, adv.
 1. Naturally; fitly. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
    Examine how kindly the Hebrew manners of speech mix and incorporate with the English language   --Addison.
 2. In a kind manner; congenially; with good will; with a disposition to make others happy, or to oblige.
    Be kindly affectioned one to another, with brotherly love.   --Rom. xii. 10.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Kind·ly a. [Compar. Kindlier superl. Kindliest.]
 1. According to the kind or nature; natural. [R.]
    The kindly fruits of the earth.   --Book of Com. Prayer.
    An herd of bulls whom kindly rage doth sting.   --Spenser.
 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.
 2. Humane; congenial; sympathetic; hence, disposed to do good to; benevolent; gracious; kind; helpful; as, kindly affections, words, acts, etc.
 The shade by which my life was crossed, . . .
 Has made me kindly with my kind.   --Tennyson.
 3. Favorable; mild; gentle; auspicious; beneficent.
    In soft silence shed the kindly shower.   --Pope.
    Should e'er a kindlier time ensue.   --Wordsworth.
 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.”

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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,
              sympathetic, large-hearted]
      2: generously responsive; "good-hearted but inept efforts to
         help"; "take a kindly interest"; "a kindly gentleman"; "an
         openhearted gift to charity" [syn: good-hearted, kind,
      3: pleasant and agreeable; "a kindly climate"; "kindly breeze"
      adv : in a kind manner or out of kindness; "He spoke kindly to the
            boy"; "she kindly overlooked the mistake" [ant: unkindly]
      [also: kindliest, kindlier]