Etymology
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touching (adj.)

"affecting the emotions," c. 1600, present-participle adjective from touch (v.).

touching (prep.)

"concerning, regarding," late 14c., from touch (v.), on model of French touchant.

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Definitions of touching
1
touching (n.)
the event of something coming in contact with the body;
Synonyms: touch
touching (n.)
the act of putting two things together with no space between them;
Synonyms: touch
2
touching (adj.)
arousing affect;
his gratitude was simple and touching
Synonyms: affecting / poignant
From wordnet.princeton.edu