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English adjective: soft

1. soft yielding readily to pressure or weight


Similarbrushed, cheeselike, compressible, cottony, cushioned, cushiony, demulcent, downlike, downy, emollient, flaccid, fleecy, flocculent, flossy, fluffy, mushy, napped, overstuffed, padded, salving, semisoft, softening, softish, spongelike, spongy, squashy, squeezable, squishy, velvet, velvety, woolly, wooly, yielding


Attributehardness


Antonymshard

2. soft compassionate and kind; conciliatory


SamplesHe was soft on his children.


Similarmellow


See alsotender, warmhearted


Antonymshard

3. soft (of sound) relatively low in volume


SamplesSoft voices.
Soft music.


Similardull, euphonious, gentle, hushed, little, low, low-toned, muffled, murmuring, murmurous, muted, muted, quiet, rustling, small, soft-footed, soft-spoken, softened, soughing, subdued, susurrant, susurrous, whispering


See alsoquiet


Attributeintensity, loudness, volume


Antonymsloud

4. soft easily hurt


SamplesSoft hands.
A baby's delicate skin.


Synonymsdelicate


Similartender, untoughened


Antonymstoughened, tough

5. soft produced with vibration of the vocal cords


SamplesA frequently voiced opinion.
Voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and `z'.


Synonymssonant, voiced


Antonymssurd, unvoiced, voiceless, hard

6. soft not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons)


SamplesSoft targets.


Antonymshardened

7. soft used chiefly as a direction or description in music


SamplesThe piano passages in the composition.


Synonymspiano


Similarpianissimo, pianissimo assai


Antonymsforte, loud

8. soft (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected


Synonymsdiffuse, diffused


Antonymsconcentrated, hard

9. soft (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')


Similarcontinuant, fricative, palatal, palatalised, palatalized, sibilant, spirant, strident


Antonymshard

10. soft (of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value


SamplesThe market for computers is soft.


Similarfalling


Antonymsrising

11. soft using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation


SamplesSoft data.
The soft sciences.


Similarqualitative


Antonymsquantitative

12. soft tolerant or lenient


SamplesIndulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
Too soft on the children.
They are soft on crime.


Synonymsindulgent, lenient


Similarpermissive


Antonymsunpermissive

13. soft soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe


SamplesA gentle reprimand.
A vein of gentle irony.
Poked gentle fun at him.


Synonymsgentle


Similarmild


Antonymsintense

14. soft having little impact


SamplesAn easy pat on the shoulder.
Gentle rain.
A gentle breeze.
A soft (or light) tapping at the window.


Synonymseasy, gentle


Similarlight


Antonymsheavy

15. soft out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance


SamplesHe was too soft for the army.
Flabby around the middle.
Flaccid cheeks.


Synonymsflabby, flaccid


Similarunfit


Antonymsfit

16. soft willing to negotiate and compromise


Similarconciliative, conciliatory


Antonymsantagonistic

17. soft not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship


SamplesWhat a cushy job!.
The easygoing life of a parttime consultant.
A soft job.


Synonymscushy, easygoing


Similareasy


Domain usagecolloquialism


Antonymsdifficult, hard

18. soft mild and pleasant


SamplesBalmy days and nights.
The climate was mild and conducive to life or growth.
A soft breeze.


Synonymsbalmy, mild


Similarclement


Antonymsinclement

19. soft not brilliant or glaring


SamplesThe moon cast soft shadows.
Soft pastel colors.
Subdued lighting.


Synonymssubdued


Similardull


Antonymsbright


English adverb: soft

1. soft in a relaxed manner; or without hardship


SamplesJust wanted to take it easy.


Synonymseasy


Domain usagecolloquialism









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