There is only 1 definition of the adjectivekind” in English:

1.Having or showing a friendly, generous, and considerate nature: she was a good, kind woman he was very kind to me

Old English gecynde ‘natural, native’; in Middle English the earliest sense is ‘well born or well bred’, whence ‘well disposed by nature, courteous, gentle, benevolent’.

In Old English the original senses of kind were ‘nature, the natural order’, and ‘innate character’, which led to our use of the word for ‘a class or type of similar people or things’. Kind is also related to kin (Old English) and through it to king. In medieval times it was used as an adjective to mean ‘well born’, and the association of good breeding with good manners in turn gave us the familiar meaning of ‘considerate and generous’.


Definition of considerate in English:

1Careful not to inconvenience or harm others
2 archaic Showing careful thought: be considerate over your handwriting


Late 16th century (in the sense ‘showing careful thought’): from Latin consideratus, past participle of considerare ‘examine’

Definition of generous in English:

1Showing a readiness to give more of something, especially money, than is strictly necessary or expected


Late 16th century: via Old French from Latin generosus ‘noble, magnanimous‘, from genus, gener- ‘stock, race’. The original sense was ‘of noble birth’, hence ‘characteristic of noble birth, courageous, magnanimous, not mean

Definition of magnanimous in English:


Generous or forgiving, especially towards a rival or less powerful person


Mid 16th century: from Latin magnanimus (from magnus ‘great’ + animus ‘soul’) + -ous.

On Kindness

(What is Kindness?)

Urban Dictionary Definition:

  • The act of going out of your way to be nice to someone or show a person you care. Something that apparently does not exist in this world anymore. Doing an act of kindness would be for example, if you see someone who looks upset or down, just simply smile and say hello to them, maybe strike up a conversation.

Aristotles Kindness

  • — under the influence of which a man is said to “be kind” — may be defined as helpfulness towards some one in need, not in return for anything, nor for the advantage of the helper himself, but for that of the person helped.

Other Definitions

  • “useful kindness” refers to meeting real needs

  • Kindness is goodness in action, sweetness of disposition, gentleness in dealing with others, benevolence, kindness, affability. The word describes the ability to act for the welfare of those taxing your patience.The word kindness comes from the Greek word chrestotes (khray-stot-ace), which meant to show kindness or to be friendly to others and often depicted rulers, governors, or people who were kind, mild, and benevolent to their subjects. Anyone who demonstrated this quality of chrestotes was considered to be compassionate, considerate, sympathetic, humane, kind, or gentle. The apostle Paul uses this word to depict God’s incomprehensible kindness for people who are unsaved.One scholar has noted that when the word chrestotes is applied to interpersonal relationships, it conveys the idea of being adaptable to others.

    Rather than harshly require everyone else to adapt to his own needs and desires, when chrestotes is working in a believer, he seeks to become adaptable to the needs of those who are around him. (Sparkling Gems from the Greek, Rick Renner)

  • Kindness is doing something and not expecting anything in return. Kindness is respect and helping others without waiting for someone to help one back. It implies kindness no matter what.