soft

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: soft

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adj
yielding readily to pressure or weight
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adjadv
not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship
in a relaxed manner; or without hardship
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adj
compassionate and kind; conciliatory
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adj
mild and pleasant
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adj
(of sound) relatively low in volume
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adj
(of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected
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adj
produced with vibration of the vocal cords
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adj
(of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value
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adj
using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: soft
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adj yielding readily to pressure or weight

Synonyms
brushed, fleecy, napped
(of fabrics) having soft nap produced by brushing
cheeselike
having the consistency of cheese
compressible, squeezable
capable of being easily compressed
cottony
resembling cotton; as soft as cotton
cushioned, cushiony, padded
softened by the addition of cushions or padding
demulcent, emollient, salving, softening
having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
downlike, downy, flossy, fluffy
like down or as soft as down
flaccid
drooping without elasticity; wanting in stiffness
flocculent, woolly, wooly
having a fluffy character or appearance
yielding
lacking stiffness and giving way to pressure
mushy
having the consistency of mush
overstuffed
upholstered thickly and deeply
semisoft, softish
somewhat soft
spongelike, spongy, squashy, squishy
easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility
velvet, velvety
resembling velvet in having a smooth soft surface
Antonyms:
hard
resisting weight or pressure
adamantine
having the hardness of a diamond
al dente
of pasta cooked so as to be firm when eaten
corneous, hornlike, horny
made of horn (or of a substance resembling horn)
erect, tumid
of sexual organs; stiff and rigid
firm, solid
not soft or yielding to pressure
granitelike, granitic, rocklike, stony
hard as granite
hardened, set
converted to solid form (as concrete)
woody
made hard like wood as the result of the deposition of lignin in the cell walls
petrous, stonelike
(of bone especially the temporal bone) resembling stone in hardness
semihard
somewhat hard
steely
resembling steel in hardness
unyielding
resistant to physical force or pressure
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adj having little impact

“a soft (or light) tapping at the window”
Synonyms:
easy, gentle
light
of little intensity or power or force
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adj not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship

“a soft job”
Synonyms:
cushy, easygoing
easy
posing no difficulty; requiring little effort

adj out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance

“he was too soft for the army”
Synonyms:
flabby, flaccid
unfit
not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition

adj easily hurt

soft hands”
Synonyms:
delicate
tender, untoughened
physically untoughened

adj not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons)

soft targets”
Antonyms:
hardened
protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons)

adv in a relaxed manner; or without hardship

Synonyms:
easy
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adj compassionate and kind; conciliatory

“he was soft on his children”
Synonyms
mellow
having attained to kindliness or gentleness through age and experience
tender
given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality
warmhearted
marked by warmth of feeling like kindness and sympathy and generosity
Antonyms:
hard
dispassionate
difficult, hard
not easy; requiring great physical or mental effort to accomplish or comprehend or endure
calculating, calculative, conniving, scheming, shrewd
used of persons
case-hardened, hard-boiled, hardened
used of persons; emotionally hardened
steely
resembling steel as in hardness
merciless, unmerciful
having or showing no mercy
insensitive
deficient in human sensibility; not mentally or morally sensitive
tough
not given to gentleness or sentimentality
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adj willing to negotiate and compromise

Synonyms
conciliative, conciliatory
intended to placate

adj tolerant or lenient

“too soft on the children”
“they are soft on crime”
Synonyms:
indulgent, lenient
permissive
granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline

adj soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe

Synonyms:
gentle
mild
moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme
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adj mild and pleasant

“a soft breeze”
Synonyms:
balmy, mild
clement
(of weather or climate) physically mild
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adj (of sound) relatively low in volume

soft voices”
soft music”
Synonyms
dull, muffled, muted, softened
being or made softer or less loud or clear
euphonious
(of speech or dialect) pleasing in sound; not harsh or strident
gentle
quiet and soothing
hushed, muted, quiet, subdued
in a softened tone
little, small
(of a voice) faint
low, low-toned
very low in volume
murmuring, susurrant, whispering
making a low continuous indistinct sound
murmurous, rustling, soughing, susurrous
characterized by soft sounds
soft-footed
sound of quiet gentle steps
soft-spoken
having a speaking manner that is not loud or harsh
quiet
free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound
Antonyms:
loud
characterized by or producing sound of great volume or intensity
audible, hearable
heard or perceptible by the ear
big
loud and firm
blaring, blasting
unpleasantly loud and penetrating
clarion
loud and clear
deafening, earsplitting, thunderous, thundery
loud enough to cause (temporary) hearing loss
earthshaking
loud enough to shake the very earth
harsh-voiced
having an unusually harsh sound
loud-mouthed
given to loud offensive talk
loud-voiced
having an unusually loud voice
shattering
seemingly loud enough to break something; violently rattling or clattering
shouted, yelled
in a vehement outcry
trumpet-like
resembling the sound of a trumpet
vocal
full of the sound of voices
noisy
full of or characterized by loud and nonmusical sounds
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adj used chiefly as a direction or description in music

Synonyms:
piano
pianissimo
chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
pianissimo assai
chiefly a direction or description in music; very soft
Antonyms:
forte, loud
used chiefly as a direction or description in music
fortemente
chiefly a direction or description in music; loud and strong
fortissimo
chiefly a direction or description in music
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adj (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected

Synonyms:
diffuse, diffused
Antonyms:
concentrated, hard
(of light) transmitted directly from a pointed light source

adj not brilliant or glaring

“the moon cast soft shadows”
soft pastel colors”
Synonyms:
subdued
dull
emitting or reflecting very little light
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adj produced with vibration of the vocal cords

Synonyms:
sonant, voiced
Antonyms:
hard, surd, unvoiced, voiceless
produced without vibration of the vocal cords
whispered
spoken in soft hushed tones without vibrations of the vocal cords
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adj (of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward the hard palate; characterized by a hissing or hushing sound (as `s' and `sh')

Synonyms
continuant, fricative, sibilant, spirant, strident
of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')
palatal, palatalised, palatalized
produced with the front of the tongue near or touching the hard palate (as `y') or with the blade of the tongue near the hard palate (as `ch' in `chin' or `j' in `gin')
Antonyms:
hard
(of speech sounds); produced with the back of the tongue raised toward or touching the velum
velar
produced with the back of the tongue touching or near the soft palate (as `k' in `cat' and `g' in `gun' and `ng' in `sing')
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adj (of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value

“the market for computers is soft
Synonyms
falling
becoming lower or less in degree or value
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adj using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation

soft data”
“the soft sciences”
Synonyms
qualitative
involving distinctions based on qualities
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