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|
|Antonyms||physical fitness, fitness|
|3.||softness (state) the quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing|
|Samples||The 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|
|Samples||Orders 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|
|Samples||And in softness almost beyond hearing.|
|Broader (hypernym)||sound property|
|Narrower (hyponym)||decrescendo, diminuendo, faintness, pianissimo, piano|
|Antonyms||loudness, intensity, volume|
|6.||softness (attribute) a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare|
|Samples||The softness of the morning sky.|
|Broader (hypernym)||visual property|
|7.||softness (attribute) acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered|
|Samples||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.
|Broader (hypernym)||manner, personal manner|
|8.||softness (attribute) the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines|
|Synonyms||blurriness, fogginess, fuzziness, indistinctness|
|Broader (hypernym)||opacity, opaqueness|
|Narrower (hyponym)||dimness, faintness, vagueness|
|9.||softness (attribute) the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)|
|Samples||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.
|Synonyms||effeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, unmanliness, womanishness|
|Broader (hypernym)||femininity, muliebrity|
|Domain usage||depreciation, derogation, disparagement|
|10.||softness (attribute) a disposition to be lenient in judging others|
|Samples||Softness is not something permitted of good leaders.|
|Broader (hypernym)||indulgence, lenience, leniency|