soft
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English sōfte, alteration of sēfte; akin to Old High German semfti soft Date: before 12th century 1. a. pleasing or agreeable to the senses ; bringing ease, comfort, or quiet <
the soft influences of home
>
b. having a bland or mellow rather than a sharp or acid taste c. (1) not bright or glaring ; subdued (2) having or producing little contrast or a relatively short range of tones <
a soft photographic print
>
d. quiet in pitch or volume e. of the eyes having a liquid or gentle appearance f. smooth or delicate in texture, grain, or fiber <
soft cashmere
>
<
soft fur
>
g. (1) balmy, mild, or clement in weather or temperature (2) moving or falling with slight force or impact ; not violent <
soft breezes
>
2. demanding little work or effort ; easy <
a soft job
>
3. a. sounding as in ace and gem respectively — used of c and g or their sound b. of a consonant voiced c. constituting a vowel before which there is a \y\ sound or a \y\-like modification of a consonant or constituting a consonant in whose articulation there is a \y\-like modification or which is followed by a \y\ sound (as in Russian) 4. archaic moving in a leisurely manner 5. rising gradually <
a soft slope
>
6. having curved or rounded outline ; not harsh or jagged <
soft hills against the horizon
>
7. marked by a gentleness, kindness, or tenderness: as a. (1) not harsh or onerous in character <
a policy of soft competition
>
(2) based on negotiation, conciliation, or flexibility rather than on force, threats, or intransigence <
took a soft line during the crisis
>
(3) tending to take a soft line — usually used with on <
soft on dictators
>
<
soft on law and order
>
b. tending to ingratiate or disarm ; engaging, kind <
a soft answer turns away wrath — Proverbs 15:1 (Revised Standard Version)
>
c. marked by mildness ; unassuming, low-key 8. a. emotionally suggestible or responsive ; impressionable b. unduly susceptible to influence ; compliant c. lacking firmness or strength of character ; feeble, unmanly d. amorously attracted or emotionally involved — used with on <
has been soft on her for years
>
9. a. lacking robust strength, stamina, or endurance especially because of living in ease or luxury <
grown soft and indolent
>
b. weak or deficient mentally <
soft in the head
>
10. a. yielding to physical pressure b. permitting someone or something to sink in — used of wet ground c. (1) of a consistency that may be shaped or molded (2) capable of being spread d. easily magnetized and demagnetized e. lacking relatively or comparatively in hardness <
soft iron
>
11. deficient in or free from substances (as calcium and magnesium salts) that prevent lathering of soap <
soft water
>
12. having relatively low energy <
soft X-rays
>
13. of news relatively less serious or significant 14. occurring at such a speed and under such circumstances as to avoid destructive impact <
soft landing of a spacecraft on the moon
>
15. not protected against enemy attack <
a soft aboveground launching site
>
<
soft targets
>
16. biodegradable <
a soft detergent
>
<
soft pesticides
>
17. of a drug considered less detrimental than a hard narcotic 18. easily polarized — used of acids and bases 19. a. of currency not readily convertible b. of a loan not secured by collateral 20. a. being low due to sluggish market conditions <
soft prices
>
b. sluggish, slow <
a soft market
>
21. not firmly committed <
soft unreliable political support
>
22. soft-core <
soft porn
>
23. a. being or based on interpretive or speculative data <
soft evidence
>
b. utilizing or based on soft data <
soft science
>
24. being or using renewable sources of energy (as solar radiation, wind, or tides) <
soft technologies
>
25. of money contributed (as by a corporation) to a political party rather than directly to a particular candidate • softish adjectivesoftly adverbsoftness noun II. adverb Date: before 12th century in a soft or gentle manner ; softly III. noun Date: 15th century a soft object, material, or part <
the soft of the thumb
>

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