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Related to in kind: In Kind Distribution
1. in goods rather than in money. The country doctor was usually paid in kind. He accepted two pigs as payment for an operation. Do you have to pay tax on payments made in kind?
2. similarly; [giving] something similar to what was received. John punched Bill, and Bill gave it back in kind. She spoke rudely to me, so I spoke to her in kind.
with the same thing It was a nasty letter, but I will not respond in kind.
Etymology: based on payment in kind (paying for something with food or things or work rather than money)
1. With produce or commodities rather than money. For example, I edited Bob's book for payment in kind; he gave me voice lessons in exchange. [c. 1600]
2. In the same manner or with an equivalent, as in He returned the insult in kind. [Early 1700s]
1. With produce or commodities rather than with money: pay in kind.
2. In the same manner or with an equivalent: returned the slight in kind.