1. the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded

Definition categories: attribute, body, consistence, consistency, substance

2. poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)

Similar word(s): unfitness

Definition categories: state, unhealthiness

3. the quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing

- the climate had the softness of the south of France

Similar word(s): balminess

Definition categories: state, clemency, mildness

4. a state of declining economic condition

- orders have recently picked up after a period of extreme softness

- he attributes the disappointing results to softness in the economy

Definition categories: state

5. a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency

- and in softness almost beyond hearing

Definition categories: attribute

6. a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare

- the softness of the morning sky

Definition categories: attribute

7. acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered

- suddenly her gigantic power melted into softness for the baby

Similar word(s): gentleness, mildness

Definition categories: attribute, manner

8. the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines

Similar word(s): blurriness, fogginess, fuzziness, indistinctness

Definition categories: attribute, opacity, opaqueness

9. the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man)

- he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him

Similar word(s): effeminacy, effeminateness, sissiness, unmanliness, womanishness

Definition categories: attribute, femininity, muliebrity

10. a disposition to be lenient in judging others

- softness is not something permitted of good leaders

Definition categories: attribute, indulgence, lenience, leniency