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English noun: softness

1. softness (attribute) the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded

Broader (hypernym)body, consistence, consistency, eubstance

Narrower (hyponym)compressibility, downiness, featheriness, flabbiness, flaccidity, fluffiness, limpness, mushiness, pulpiness, sponginess, squeezability


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


Broader (hypernym)health problem, ill health, unhealthiness

Narrower (hyponym)debility, disability, disablement, feebleness, frailness, frailty, handicap, impairment, infirmity, valetudinarianism

Antonymsphysical fitness, fitness

3. softness (state) the quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing

SamplesThe day's heat faded into balminess.
The climate had the softness of the south of France.


Broader (hypernym)clemency, mildness

4. softness (state) a state of declining economic condition

SamplesOrders have recently picked up after a period of extreme softness.
He attributes the disappointing results to softness in the economy.

Broader (hypernym)economic condition

5. softness (attribute) a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency

SamplesAnd in softness almost beyond hearing.

Broader (hypernym)sound property

Narrower (hyponym)decrescendo, diminuendo, faintness, pianissimo, piano

Antonymsloudness, intensity, volume

6. softness (attribute) a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare

SamplesThe softness of the morning sky.

Broader (hypernym)visual property

7. softness (attribute) acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered

SamplesHis 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.

Synonymsgentleness, mildness

Broader (hypernym)manner, personal manner

8. softness (attribute) the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines

Synonymsblurriness, fogginess, fuzziness, indistinctness

Broader (hypernym)opacity, opaqueness

Narrower (hyponym)dimness, faintness, vagueness

Antonymsdistinctness, sharpness

9. softness (attribute) the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymseffeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, unmanliness, womanishness

Broader (hypernym)femininity, muliebrity

Narrower (hyponym)emasculation

Domain usagedepreciation, derogation, disparagement

10. softness (attribute) a disposition to be lenient in judging others

SamplesSoftness is not something permitted of good leaders.

Broader (hypernym)indulgence, lenience, leniency

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