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Meaning & Definition of Soft in English

English

Soft

/sɑft/

adjective

1. Yielding readily to pressure or weight

    synonym:
  • soft

2. Compassionate and kind

  • Conciliatory
  • "He was soft on his children"
    synonym:
  • soft

3. (of sound) relatively low in volume

  • "Soft voices"
  • "Soft music"
    synonym:
  • soft

4. Easily hurt

  • "Soft hands"
  • "A baby's delicate skin"
    synonym:
  • delicate
  • ,
  • soft

5. Produced with vibration of the vocal cords

  • "A frequently voiced opinion"
  • "Voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and `z'"
    synonym:
  • voiced
  • ,
  • sonant
  • ,
  • soft

6. Not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons)

  • "Soft targets"
    synonym:
  • soft

7. Used chiefly as a direction or description in music

  • "The piano passages in the composition"
    synonym:
  • piano
  • ,
  • soft

8. (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected

    synonym:
  • soft
  • ,
  • diffuse
  • ,
  • diffused

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')
    synonym:
  • soft

10. (of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value

  • "The market for computers is soft"
    synonym:
  • soft

11. Using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation

  • "Soft data"
  • "The soft sciences"
    synonym:
  • soft

12. Tolerant or lenient

  • "Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"
  • "Too soft on the children"
  • "They are soft on crime"
    synonym:
  • indulgent
  • ,
  • lenient
  • ,
  • soft

13. Soft and mild

  • Not harsh or stern or severe
  • "A gentle reprimand"
  • "A vein of gentle irony"
  • "Poked gentle fun at him"
    synonym:
  • gentle
  • ,
  • soft

14. Having little impact

  • "An easy pat on the shoulder"
  • "Gentle rain"
  • "A gentle breeze"
  • "A soft (or light) tapping at the window"
    synonym:
  • easy
  • ,
  • gentle
  • ,
  • soft

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"
    synonym:
  • soft
  • ,
  • flabby
  • ,
  • flaccid

16. Willing to negotiate and compromise

    synonym:
  • soft

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"
    synonym:
  • cushy
  • ,
  • soft
  • ,
  • easygoing

18. Mild and pleasant

  • "Balmy days and nights"
  • "The climate was mild and conducive to life or growth"
  • "A soft breeze"
    synonym:
  • balmy
  • ,
  • mild
  • ,
  • soft

19. Not brilliant or glaring

  • "The moon cast soft shadows"
  • "Soft pastel colors"
  • "Subdued lighting"
    synonym:
  • soft
  • ,
  • subdued

adverb

1. In a relaxed manner

  • Or without hardship
  • "Just wanted to take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard)
    synonym:
  • easy
  • ,
  • soft

Examples of using

I don't drink soft drinks too much, because I know they're not healthy.
I only buy soft toilet paper.
The invitation said that popcorn and soft drinks would be served.