Gentleness is the quality of being kind and careful. Your gentleness with a frightened stray dog will eventually convince her to let you feed and pet her.

The noun gentleness is perfect for describing the way someone acts when they are soft and calm and sweet to other people. A good kindergarten teacher speaks to his students with gentleness, and your favorite dentist might be one who treats you with gentleness. The original meaning, from around 1300, was "inherited nature," but by the 1600s it had come to mean "freedom from harshness and violence," with the Latin root gentilis, "of the same family or clan."

Definitions of gentleness

n acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered

“his fingers have learned gentleness
mildness, softness
Type of:
manner, personal manner
a way of acting or behaving

n the property possessed by a slope that is very gradual

abruptness, precipitousness, steepness
the property possessed by a slope that is very steep
Type of:
gradient, slope
the property possessed by a line or surface that departs from the horizontal

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