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Definition of 'softly'


  1. with low volume; "speak softly but carry a big stick"; "she spoke quietly to the child"; "the radio was playing softly"
       Synonyms: quietly
       Antonyms: loudly loud aloud
  2. in a manner that is pleasing to the senses; "she smiled softly"
  3. with little weight or force; "she kissed him lightly on the forehead"
       Synonyms: lightly gently
  4. used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly
       Synonyms: piano
       Antonyms: forte loudly

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