1. the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded (Freq. 2)
Ant: ↑hardness
Derivationally related forms: ↑soft
Hypernyms: ↑consistency, ↑consistence, ↑eubstance, ↑body
2. poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)
Syn: ↑unfitness
Ant: ↑fitness (for: ↑unfitness)
Derivationally related forms: ↑soft, ↑unfit (for: ↑unfitness)
Hypernyms: ↑ill health, ↑unhealthiness, ↑health problem
3. the quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing

the day's heat faded into balminess


the climate had the softness of the south of France

Syn: ↑balminess
Derivationally related forms: ↑soft
Hypernyms: ↑mildness, ↑clemency
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

Derivationally related forms: ↑soft
Hypernyms: ↑economic condition
5. a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency

and in softness almost beyond hearing

Ant: ↑loudness
Derivationally related forms: ↑soft
Hypernyms: ↑sound property
Hyponyms: ↑faintness, ↑decrescendo, ↑diminuendo, ↑piano, ↑pianissimo
6. a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare

the softness of the morning sky

Derivationally related forms: ↑soft
Hypernyms: ↑visual property
7. acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered

his 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

Syn: ↑gentleness, ↑mildness
Derivationally related forms: ↑mild (for: ↑mildness), ↑soft, ↑gentle (for: ↑gentleness)
Hypernyms: ↑manner, ↑personal manner
8. the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)

the 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

Derivationally related forms: ↑unmanly (for: ↑unmanliness), ↑womanish (for: ↑womanishness), ↑sissy (for: ↑sissiness), ↑effeminate (for: ↑effeminateness)
Usage Domain: ↑disparagement, ↑depreciation, ↑derogation
Hypernyms: ↑femininity, ↑muliebrity
Hyponyms: ↑emasculation
9. the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines
Derivationally related forms: ↑fuzzy (for: ↑fuzziness), ↑foggy (for: ↑fogginess), ↑blurry (for: ↑blurriness), ↑indistinct (for: ↑indistinctness)
Hypernyms: ↑opacity, ↑opaqueness
Hyponyms: ↑dimness, ↑faintness, ↑vagueness
10. a disposition to be lenient in judging others

softness is not something permitted of good leaders

Derivationally related forms: ↑soft
Hypernyms: ↑indulgence, ↑lenience, ↑leniency

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