1. the property possessed by a slope that is very gradual
Syn: ↑gradualness
Ant: ↑abruptness (for: ↑gradualness)
Derivationally related forms: ↑gentle, ↑gradual (for: ↑gradualness)
Hypernyms: ↑gradient, ↑slope
2. 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: ↑softness, ↑mildness
Derivationally related forms: ↑mild (for: ↑mildness), ↑soft (for: ↑softness), ↑gentle
Hypernyms: ↑manner, ↑personal manner

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