mild
adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English milde; akin to Greek malthakos soft, Latin mollis — more at melt Date: before 12th century 1. gentle in nature or behavior <
has a mild disposition
>
2. a. (1) moderate in action or effect <
a mild sedative
>
(2) not sharp, spicy, or bitter <
mild cheese
>
<
mild ale
>
b. not being or involving what is extreme <
an analysis under mild conditions
>
3. not severe ; temperate <
a mild climate
>
<
mild symptoms of disease
>
mildly adverbmildness noun

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