Definition of Soft

1. Adjective. Yielding readily to pressure or weight.

2. Adverb. In a relaxed manner; or without hardship. "Just wanted to take it easy"
Exact synonyms: Easy
Language type: Colloquialism
Partainyms: Easy

3. Adjective. Compassionate and kind; conciliatory. "He was soft on his children"
Similar to: Mellow
Also: Tender, Warmhearted
Antonyms: Hard
Derivative terms: Softness

4. Adjective. (of sound) relatively low in volume. "Soft music"

5. Adjective. Easily hurt. "A baby's delicate skin"
Exact synonyms: Delicate
Similar to: Tender, Untoughened

6. Adjective. Produced with vibration of the vocal cords. "Voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and `z'"
Exact synonyms: Sonant, Voiced
Derivative terms: Sonant
Antonyms: Unvoiced

7. Adjective. Not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons). "Soft targets"
Antonyms: Hardened

8. Adjective. Used chiefly as a direction or description in music. "The piano passages in the composition"
Exact synonyms: Piano
Similar to: Pianissimo, Pianissimo Assai
Antonyms: Forte

9. Adjective. (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected.
Exact synonyms: Diffuse, Diffused
Antonyms: Hard

10. Adjective. (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').

11. Adjective. (of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value. "The market for computers is soft"
Similar to: Falling
Derivative terms: Softness

12. Adjective. Using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation. "The soft sciences"
Similar to: Qualitative

13. Adjective. Tolerant or lenient. "They are soft on crime"
Exact synonyms: Indulgent, Lenient
Similar to: Permissive
Derivative terms: Indulgence, Lenience, Lenience, Leniency, Softness

14. Adjective. Soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe. "Poked gentle fun at him"
Exact synonyms: Gentle
Similar to: Mild
Derivative terms: Gentleness

15. Adjective. Having little impact. "A soft (or light) tapping at the window"
Exact synonyms: Easy, Gentle
Similar to: Light
Derivative terms: Gentleness

16. Adjective. Out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance. "Flaccid cheeks"
Exact synonyms: Flabby, Flaccid
Similar to: Unfit
Derivative terms: Flab, Flabbiness, Flaccidity, Softness

17. Adjective. Willing to negotiate and compromise.
Similar to: Conciliative, Conciliatory
Derivative terms: Softness

18. Adjective. Not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship. "A soft job"
Exact synonyms: Cushy, Easygoing
Language type: Colloquialism
Similar to: Easy

19. Adjective. Mild and pleasant. "A soft breeze"
Exact synonyms: Balmy, Mild
Similar to: Clement
Derivative terms: Balm, Mildness, Softness

20. Adjective. Not brilliant or glaring. "Subdued lighting"
Exact synonyms: Subdued
Similar to: Dull
Derivative terms: Softness

Definition of Soft

1. a. Easily yielding to pressure; easily impressed, molded, or cut; not firm in resisting; impressible; yielding; also, malleable; -- opposed to hard; as, a soft bed; a soft peach; soft earth; soft wood or metal.

2. n. A soft or foolish person; an idiot.

3. adv. Softly; without roughness or harshness; gently; quietly.

4. interj. Be quiet; hold; stop; not so fast.

Definition of Soft

1. Adjective. Giving way under pressure. ¹

2. Adjective. (context: of cloth or similar material) Smooth and flexible. ¹

3. Adjective. Gentle. ¹

4. Adjective. Requiring little or no effort, easy ¹

5. Adjective. Not bright or intense ¹

6. Adjective. (context: of a road intersection) Having an acute angle. ¹

7. Adjective. (context: of a sound) Quiet. ¹

8. Adjective. (linguistics) voiced, sonant ¹

9. Adjective. (linguistics) (rare) voiceless ¹

10. Adjective. (linguistics Slavic languages) palatalized ¹

11. Adjective. (slang) Lacking strength or resolve, wimpy. ¹

12. Adjective. (context: of water) Low in dissolved calcium compounds. ¹

13. Adjective. (context: Northern England colloquial) Foolish. ¹

14. Adjective. (physics) Of a ferromagnetic material; a material that becomes essentially non magnetic when an external magnetic field is removed, a material with a low magnetic coercivity. (compare hard) ¹

15. Adjective. (context: of a person) Physically or emotionally weak. ¹

16. Adjective. Incomplete, or temporary; not a full action. ¹

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Definition of Soft

1. yielding readily to pressure [adj SOFTER, SOFTEST] / a soft object or part [n -S]

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