1. The quality of bodies which renders them capable of yielding to pressure, or of easily receiving impressions from other bodies; opposed to hardness.
2. Susceptibility of feeling or passion; as the softness of the heart or of our natures.
3. Mildness; kindness; as softness of words or expressions.
4. Mildness; civility; gentleness; as softness of manners.
5. Effeminacy; vicious delicacy. He was not delighted with the softness of the court.]
6. Timorousness; pusillanimity; excessive susceptibility of fear or alarm. This virtue could not proceed out of fear or softness
7. Smoothness to the ear; as the softness of sounds, which is distinct from exility or fineness.
8. Facility; gentleness; candor; easiness to be affected; as softness of spirit.
9. Gentleness, as contrary to vehemence. With strength and softness energy and ease.
10. Mildness of temper; meekness. For contemplation he and valor form'd for softness she, and sweet attractive grace.
11. Weakness; simplicity.
12. Mild temperature; as the softness of a climate.