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kind·ness

kindness

 
 
pronunciation:
kaInd nihs
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the quality of being kind.
The veterinarian is known for his kindness toward animals.
similar words:
compassion, courtesy, warmth
definition 2: a generous act or favor.
What do we owe you for this kindness?
similar words:
favor
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The word kindness contains the following part:
-ness Old English noun-forming suffix that means state or quality of
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The suffix -ness is attached to adjectives to form nouns. It is fully productive, meaning that any word that combines an adjective and the suffix -ness is an allowable English noun. In a small set of cases, it is attached to a verb (forgiveness) or a noun (witness ).