1. a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling

Definition categories: attribute, affectionateness, fondness, lovingness, warmth

2. a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched)

- the best results are generally obtained by inserting the needle into the point of maximum tenderness

Similar word(s): rawness, soreness

Definition categories: state, hurting, pain

3. warm compassionate feelings

Similar word(s): tenderheartedness

Definition categories: feeling, compassion, compassionateness

4. a positive feeling of liking

Similar word(s): affection, affectionateness, fondness, heart, philia, warmheartedness, warmness

Definition categories: feeling

5. a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless)

Similar word(s): softheartedness

Definition categories: feeling, concern

Sentences with tenderness as a noun:

- When the lovers were together, their cold indifference gave way to love and tenderness.

- When they saw the poor orphans, they were overwhelmed with tenderness for them.

- He noted her extreme tenderness when he touched the bruise on her thigh.