Definition of SOFTNESS


Source: WordNet 3.1

  • 1. (

    ) the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded ;

  • 2. (

    ) poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury) ;

  • 3. (

    ) the quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing; "the day's heat faded into balminess"; "the climate had the softness of the south of France" ;

  • 4. (

    ) a state of declining economic condition; "orders have recently picked up after a period of extreme softness"; "he attributes the disappointing results to softness in the economy" ;

  • 5. (

    ) a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency; "and in softness almost beyond hearing" ;

  • 6. (

    ) a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare; "the softness of the morning sky" ;

  • 7. (

    ) acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered; "his fingers have learned gentleness"; "suddenly her gigantic power melted into softness for the baby"; "even in the pulpit there are moments when mildness of manner is not enough" ;

  • 9. (

    ) the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man); "the students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy"; "Spartans accused Athenians of effeminateness"; "he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him" ;

  • 10. (

    ) a disposition to be lenient in judging others; "softness is not something permitted of good leaders" ;

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