Etymology
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softness (n.)

Old English softnes "ease, comfort; state of being soft to the touch; luxury;" see soft (adj.) + -ness. Meaning "weakness of character, effeminacy" is from c. 1600.

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Definitions of softness

softness (n.)
the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded;
softness (n.)
poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury);
Synonyms: unfitness
softness (n.)
the quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing;
the climate had the softness of the south of France
Synonyms: balminess
softness (n.)
a state of declining economic condition;
he attributes the disappointing results to softness in the economy
orders have recently picked up after a period of extreme softness
softness (n.)
a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency;
and in softness almost beyond hearing
softness (n.)
a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare;
the softness of the morning sky
softness (n.)
acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered;
suddenly her gigantic power melted into softness for the baby
Synonyms: gentleness / mildness
softness (n.)
the quality of being indistinct and without sharp outlines;
Synonyms: indistinctness / blurriness / fogginess / fuzziness
softness (n.)
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
Synonyms: effeminacy / effeminateness / sissiness / womanishness / unmanliness
softness (n.)
a disposition to be lenient in judging others;
softness is not something permitted of good leaders
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