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Noun: softness  sóft-nus
  1. The property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or moulded
     
  2. Poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)
    - unfitness
     
  3. The quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing
    "the climate had the softness of the south of France";
    - balminess
     
  4. 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"
     
  5. A sound property that is free from loudness or stridency
    "and in softness almost beyond hearing"
     
  6. A visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare
    "the softness of the morning sky"
     
  7. Acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered
    "suddenly her gigantic power melted into softness for the baby";
    - gentleness, mildness
     
  8. The quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines
    - indistinctness, blurriness, fogginess, fuzziness
     
  9. 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
     
  10. 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

Encyclopedia: Softness