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Definition of 'soft'

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  1. yielding readily to pressure or weight
       Antonyms: hard
  2. compassionate and kind; conciliatory; "he was soft on his children"
       Antonyms: hard
  3. (of sound) relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft music"
       Antonyms: loud
  4. easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin"
       Synonyms: delicate
  5. produced with vibration of the vocal cords; "a frequently voiced opinion"; "voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and `z'";
       Synonyms: voiced sonant
       Antonyms: unvoiced voiceless surd hard
  6. not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons); "soft targets"
       Antonyms: hardened
  7. used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the piano passages in the composition"
       Synonyms: piano
       Antonyms: forte loud
  8. (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected
       Synonyms: diffuse diffused
       Antonyms: hard concentrated
  9. (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')
       Antonyms: hard
  10. (of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value; "the market for computers is soft"
  11. using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation; "soft data"; "the soft sciences"
  12. tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; "too soft on the children"; "they are soft on crime"
       Synonyms: indulgent lenient
  13. soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe; "a gentle reprimand"; "a vein of gentle irony"; "poked gentle fun at him"
       Synonyms: gentle
  14. having little impact; "an easy pat on the shoulder"; "gentle rain"; "a gentle breeze"; "a soft (or light) tapping at the window"
       Synonyms: easy gentle
  15. out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance; "he was too soft for the army"; "flabby around the middle"; "flaccid cheeks"
       Synonyms: flabby flaccid
  16. willing to negotiate and compromise
  17. not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship; "what a cushy job!"; "the easygoing life of a parttime consultant"; "a soft job"
       Synonyms: cushy easygoing
  18. mild and pleasant; "balmy days and nights"; "the climate was mild and conducive to life or growth"; "a soft breeze"
       Synonyms: balmy mild
  19. not brilliant or glaring; "the moon cast soft shadows"; "soft pastel colors"; "subdued lighting"
       Synonyms: subdued


  1. in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; "just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard)
       Synonyms: easy

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