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Meaning of soft

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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

      adv 1: in a relaxed manner; or without hardship; "just wanted to
             take it easy" (`soft' is nonstandard) [syn: {easy},
      adj 1: yielding readily to pressure or weight [ant: {hard}]
      2: compassionate and kind; conciliatory; "he was soft on his
         children" [ant: {hard}]
      3: (of sound) relatively low in volume; "soft voices"; "soft
         music" [ant: {loud}]
      4: easily hurt; "soft hands"; "a baby's delicate skin" [syn:
         {delicate}, {soft}]
      5: produced with vibration of the vocal cords; "a frequently
         voiced opinion"; "voiced consonants such as `b' and `g' and
         `z'"; [syn: {voiced}, {sonant}, {soft}] [ant: {hard}, {surd},
         {unvoiced}, {voiceless}]
      6: not protected against attack (especially by nuclear weapons);
         "soft targets" [ant: {hardened}]
      7: used chiefly as a direction or description in music; "the
         piano passages in the composition" [syn: {piano}, {soft}]
         [ant: {forte}, {loud}]
      8: (of light) transmitted from a broad light source or reflected
         [syn: {soft}, {diffuse}, {diffused}] [ant: {concentrated},
      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') [ant: {hard}]
      10: (of a commodity or market or currency) falling or likely to
          fall in value; "the market for computers is soft"
      11: using evidence not readily amenable to experimental
          verification or refutation; "soft data"; "the soft sciences"
      12: tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling their
          children"; "too soft on the children"; "they are soft on
          crime" [syn: {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" [syn: {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" [syn: {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" [syn: {soft},
          {flabby}, {flaccid}]
      16: willing to negotiate and compromise
      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" [syn: {cushy},
          {soft}, {easygoing}]
      18: mild and pleasant; "balmy days and nights"; "the climate was
          mild and conducive to life or growth"; "a soft breeze" [syn:
          {balmy}, {mild}, {soft}]
      19: not brilliant or glaring; "the moon cast soft shadows";
          "soft pastel colors"; "subdued lighting" [syn: {soft},

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