Noun: softness sóft-nus
- The property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or moulded
- Poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)
- The quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing
"the climate had the softness of the south of France";
- A state of declining economic condition
"orders have recently picked up after a period of extreme softness"; "he attributes the disappointing results to softness in the economy"
- A sound property that is free from loudness or stridency
"and in softness almost beyond hearing"
- A visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare
"the softness of the morning sky"
- Acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered
"suddenly her gigantic power melted into softness for the baby";
- gentleness, mildness
- The quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines
- indistinctness, blurriness, fogginess, fuzziness
- The trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)
"he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him";
- effeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, womanishness, unmanliness
- A disposition to be lenient in judging others
"softness is not something permitted of good leaders"
Type of: body, clemency, consistence, consistency, economic condition, femininity, health problem, ill health, indulgence, lenience, leniency, manner, mildness, muliebrity, opacity, opaqueness, personal manner, sound property, substance, unhealthiness, visual property
Antonym: hardness, loudness, sharpness