in kind

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in +‎ kind, calque of Latin in specie.[1]

Prepositional phrase[edit]

in kind

  1. (usually after the noun) In the form of goods and services rather than money.
    "How much did he give?" "Hard to say. It was all in kind."
    The pay is OK, but the real attraction is all the benefits in kind.

Derived terms[edit]


in kind ‎(not comparable)

  1. (paying or giving) with goods or services (as opposed to cash)
    I made some donations to the charity, not in money, but in kind, such as non-perishable food.
  2. (idiomatic) In a reciprocal manner; in a similar way; in the same kind.
    I kissed him, and he responded in kind and kissed me back.

Usage notes[edit]

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ kind, n.” in OED Online, Oxford University Press, 1989. (section 15. “in kind”)