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Princeton's WordNet

  1. softnessnoun

    the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded

  2. unfitness, softnessnoun

    poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)

  3. balminess, softnessnoun

    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"

  4. softnessnoun

    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. softnessnoun

    a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency

    "and in softness almost beyond hearing"

  6. softnessnoun

    a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare

    "the softness of the morning sky"

  7. gentleness, softness, mildnessnoun

    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"

  8. indistinctness, softness, blurriness, fogginess, fuzzinessnoun

    the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines

  9. effeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, softness, womanishness, unmanlinessnoun

    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"

  10. softnessnoun

    a disposition to be lenient in judging others

    "softness is not something permitted of good leaders"


  1. softnessnoun

    The quality of being soft.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Softnessnoun

    Etymology: from soft.

    Softness cometh by the greater quantity of spirits, which ever induce yielding and cession; and by the more equal spreading of the tangible parts, which thereby are more sliding and following; as in gold. Francis Bacon, Natural History.

    A wise man, when there is a necessity of expressing any evil actions, should do it by a word that has a secondary idea of kindness or softness; or a word that carries in it rebuke and severity. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    Improve these virtues, with a softness of manners, and a sweetness of conversation. Dryden.

    So long as idleness is quite shut out from our lives, all the sins of wantonness, softness, and effeminacy are prevented; and there is but little room for temptation. Taylor.

    He was not delighted with the softness of the court. Edward Hyde.

    This virtue could not proceed out of fear or softness; for he was valiant and active. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

    Saving a man’s self, or suffering, if with reason, is virtue: if without it, is softness, or obstinacy. Nehemiah Grew.

    Softness of sounds is distinct from the exility of sounds. Francis Bacon.

    Such was the ancient simplicity and softness of spirit, which sometimes prevailed in the world, that they whose words were even as oracles amongst men, seemed evermore loth to give sentence against any thing publickly received in the church of God. Richard Hooker.

    For contemplation he and valour form’d,
    For softness she and sweet attractive grace. John Milton.

    Her stubborn look
    This softness from thy finger took. Edmund Waller.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Softnessnoun

    the quality or state of being soft; -- opposed to hardness, and used in the various specific senses of the adjective

  2. Etymology: [AS. sftness, sftnyss.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of softness in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of softness in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of softness in a Sentence

  1. Tim Considine:

    I hated it when I saw it, it makes her look hard. It took all of the softness out of the image. It was awful.

  2. Dan Ives:

    Any hint of economic softness from an influential person like Musk will be heard around the world.

  3. Federal Reserve:

    Most participants viewed the recent softness in these price data as largely reflecting idiosyncratic factors...however, several participants expressed concern that progress...might have slowed and that the recent softness in inflation might persist.

  4. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    We must combine the toughness of the serpent and the softness of the dove, a tough mind and a tender heart.

  5. Di Maio:

    The key to the process is to design the pressure release rate not to stress the dough, which likes to expand gently, we mainly studied how dough behaves with and without yeast -- how the softness changes with leavening( rising), and how the dough responds to a temperature program during baking.

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    • A. loom
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