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Adjective: soft (softer,softest)  sóft
  1. Yielding readily to pressure or weight
     
  2. Compassionate and kind; conciliatory
    "he was soft on his children"
     
  3. (of sound) relatively low in volume
    "soft voices"; "soft music"
     
  4. Easily hurt
    "soft hands";
    - delicate
     
  5. Produced with vibration of the vocal cords
    "a frequently soft opinion";
    - voiced, sonant
     
  6. Not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons)
    "soft targets"
     
  7. Used chiefly as a direction or description in music
    "the soft passages in the composition";
    - piano
     
  8. (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected
    - diffuse, diffused
     
  9. (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')
     
  10. (of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value
    "the market for computers is soft"
     
  11. Using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation
    "soft data"; "the soft sciences"
     
  12. Tolerant or lenient
    "too soft on the children"; "they are soft on crime";
    - indulgent, lenient
     
  13. Kind; not harsh, stern or severe
    "a soft reprimand";
    - gentle
     
  14. Having little impact
    "a soft (or light) tapping at the window";
    - easy, gentle
     
  15. Out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance
    "he was too soft for the army";
    - flabby, flaccid
     
  16. Willing to negotiate and compromise
     
  17. Not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship
    "a soft job";
    - cushy, easygoing
     
  18. Pleasantly without extremes
    "a soft breeze";
    - balmy, mild
     
  19. Not brilliant or glaring
    "the moon cast soft shadows"; "soft pastel colours";
    - subdued
Adverb: soft  sóft
  1. In a relaxed manner; or without hardship
    "just wanted to take it soft";
    - easy

Derived forms: softer, softest

See also: brushed, cheeselike, clement, compressible, conciliative, conciliatory, continuant, cottony, cushioned, cushiony, demulcent, downlike, downy, dull, easy, emollient, euphonious, falling, flaccid, fleecy, flocculent, flossy, fluffy, fricative, gentle, hardness, hushed, intensity, light, little, loudness, low, low-toned, mellow, mild, muffled, murmuring, murmurous, mushy, muted, napped, overstuffed, padded, palatal, palatalised [Brit], palatalized, permissive, pianissimo, pianissimo assai, qualitative, quiet, rustling, salving, semisoft, sibilant, small, softened, softening, soft-footed, softish, soft-spoken, soughing, spirant, spongelike, spongy, squashy, squeezable, squishy, strident, subdued, susurrant, susurrous, tender, unfit, untoughened, velvet, velvety, volume, warmhearted, warm-hearted, whispering, woolly, wooly [N. Amer], yielding

Antonym: hard, hardened, loud

Encyclopedia: Soft