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Definition 1: produced with vibration of the vocal cords - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a frequently voiced opinion
  • voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and `z'

Synonyms for soft in the sense of this definition

Definition 2: yielding readily to pressure or weight - [adjective denoting all]

(soft is similar to ...) resembling velvet in having a smooth soft surface

(soft is similar to ...) easily squashed; resembling a sponge in having soft porous texture and compressibility

"spongy bread"

(soft is similar to ...) somewhat soft

(soft is similar to ...) upholstered thickly and deeply

"an overstuffed sofa"

(soft is similar to ...) having the consistency of mush

(soft is similar to ...) lacking stiffness and giving way to pressure

"a deep yielding layer of foam rubber"

(soft is similar to ...) having a fluffy character or appearance

(soft is similar to ...) drooping without elasticity; wanting in stiffness

"a flaccid penis"

(soft is similar to ...) like down or as soft as down

(soft is similar to ...) having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin

(soft is similar to ...) softened by the addition of cushions or padding

(soft is similar to ...) resembling cotton; as soft as cotton

(soft is similar to ...) capable of being easily compressed

(soft is similar to ...) having the consistency of cheese

(soft is similar to ...) (of fabrics) having soft nap produced by brushing

"a dress of brushed cotton" "a fleecy lining" "napped fabrics"

(... are attributes of soft) the property of being rigid and resistant to pressure; not easily scratched; measured on Mohs scale

Definition 3: compassionate and kind; conciliatory - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was soft on his children

(soft is similar to ...) softened through age or experience

"mellow wisdom" "the peace of mellow age"

(means also ...) given to sympathy or gentleness or sentimentality

"a tender heart" "a tender smile" "tender loving care" "tender memories" "a tender mother"

(means also ...) marked by warmth of feeling like kindness and sympathy and generosity

"gave a warmhearted welcome to the stranger"

Definition 4: (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') - [adjective denoting all]

(soft is similar to ...) of speech sounds produced by forcing air through a constricted passage (as `f', `s', `z', or `th' in both `thin' and `then')

(soft is similar to ...) produced with the front of the tongue near or touching the hard palate (as `y') or with the blade of the tongue near the hard palate (as `ch' in `chin' or `j' in `gin')

Definition 5: (of sound) relatively low in volume - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • soft voices
  • soft music

(soft is similar to ...) very low in volume

"a low murmur" "the low-toned murmur of the surf"

(soft is similar to ...) characterized by soft sounds

"a murmurous brook" "a soughing wind in the pines" "a slow sad susurrous rustle like the wind fingering the pines"

(soft is similar to ...) making a low continuous indistinct sound

"like murmuring waves" "susurrant voices"

(soft is similar to ...) having a speaking manner that is not loud or harsh

"she was always soft-spoken"

(soft is similar to ...) (of a voice) faint

"a little voice" "a still small voice"

(soft is similar to ...) in a softened tone

"hushed voices" "muted trumpets" "a subdued whisper" "a quiet reprimand"

(soft is similar to ...) quiet and soothing

"a gentle voice" "a gentle nocturne"

(soft is similar to ...) (of speech or dialect) pleasing in sound; not harsh or strident

"her euphonious Southern speech"

(soft is similar to ...) being or made softer or less loud or clear

"the dull boom of distant breaking waves" "muffled drums" "the muffled noises of the street" "muted trumpets"

(soft is similar to ...) sound of quiet gentle steps

(means also ...) free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound

"a quiet audience at the concert" "the room was dark and quiet"

(... are attributes of soft) the magnitude of sound (usually in a specified direction)

"the kids played their music at full volume"

Definition 6: (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected - [adjective denoting all]

Synonyms for soft in the sense of this definition

Definition 7: not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons) - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • soft targets

Definition 8: (used chiefly as a direction or description in music) soft; in a quiet, subdued tone - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the piano passages in the composition

Synonyms for soft in the sense of this definition

(soft is similar to ...) (chiefly a direction or description in music) very soft

(soft is similar to ...) (chiefly a direction or description in music) very soft

Definition 9: in a relaxed manner; or without hardship - [adverb denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • just wanted to take it easy
  • the judge went easy on the young defendant

Synonyms for soft in the sense of this definition

(soft is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 10: mild and pleasant - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • balmy days and nights
  • the climate was mild and conducive to life or growth
  • a soft breeze

Synonyms for soft in the sense of this definition

(soft is similar to ...) (of weather or climate) physically mild

"clement weather"

Definition 11: willing to negotiate and compromise - [adjective satellite denoting all]

(soft is similar to ...) intended to placate

"spoke in a conciliating tone" "a conciliatory visit"

Definition 12: not brilliant or glaring - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the moon cast soft shadows
  • soft pastel colors
  • subdued lighting

Synonyms for soft in the sense of this definition

(soft is similar to ...) emitting or reflecting very little light

"a dull glow" "dull silver badly in need of a polish" "a dull sky"

Definition 13: not burdensome or demanding; borne or done easily and without hardship - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • what a cushy job!
  • the easygoing life of a parttime consultant
  • a soft job

Synonyms for soft in the sense of this definition

(soft is similar to ...) posing no difficulty; requiring little effort

"an easy job" "an easy problem" "an easy victory" "the house is easy to heat" "satisfied with easy answers" "took the easy way out of his dilemma"

(soft is used in the usage domain ...) a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech

Definition 14: (of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to fall in value - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the market for computers is soft

(soft is similar to ...) becoming lower or less in degree or value

"a falling market" "falling incomes"

Definition 15: having little impact - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an easy pat on the shoulder
  • gentle rain
  • a gentle breeze
  • a soft (or light) tapping at the window

Synonyms for soft in the sense of this definition

(soft is similar to ...) of little intensity or power or force

"the light touch of her fingers" "a light breeze"

Definition 16: soft and mild; not harsh or stern or severe - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a gentle reprimand
  • a vein of gentle irony
  • poked gentle fun at him

Synonyms for soft in the sense of this definition

(soft is similar to ...) moderate in type or degree or effect or force; far from extreme

"a mild winter storm" "a mild fever" "fortunately the pain was mild" "a mild rebuke" "mild criticism"

Definition 17: tolerant or lenient - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • indulgent parents risk spoiling their children
  • too soft on the children
  • they are soft on crime

Synonyms for soft in the sense of this definition

(soft is similar to ...) granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline

"direct primary legislation is largely permissive rather than prescriptive" "permissive parents"

Definition 18: using evidence not readily amenable to experimental verification or refutation - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • soft data
  • the soft sciences

(soft is similar to ...) involving distinctions based on qualities

"qualitative change" "qualitative data" "qualitative analysis determines the chemical constituents of a substance or mixture"

Definition 19: easily hurt - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • soft hands
  • a baby's delicate skin

Synonyms for soft in the sense of this definition

(soft is similar to ...) physically untoughened

"tender feet"

Definition 20: out of condition; not strong or robust; incapable of exertion or endurance - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where soft or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he was too soft for the army
  • flabby around the middle
  • flaccid cheeks

Synonyms for soft in the sense of this definition

(soft is similar to ...) not in good physical or mental condition; out of condition

"fat and very unfit" "certified as unfit for army service" "drunk and unfit for service"

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