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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


Antonymshardness

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


Synonymsunfitness


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.


Synonymsbalminess


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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