softness

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
Quality of yielding readily to pressure
Nouns
1. softness, pliableness, pliancy, pliability, flexibility; malleability; ductility, tractility; extendability, extensibility; plasticity; flaccidity, flabbiness, laxity; sensitivity, responsiveness, susceptibility (see sensibility).
2. clay, wax, butter, dough, pudding; cushion, pillow, featherbed, down, padding, wadding; foam rubber.
3. softening, modification; mellowness, relaxation (see moderation).
Verbs — soften, mollify, mellow, relax, temper; mash, knead, squash; melt, liquefy; bend, yield, relent, give.
Adjectives — soft, tender, supple, pliant, pliable; flexible, flexile; sensitive, responsive, susceptible; lithe[some], lissom, limber, plastic; ductile; tractile, tractable; malleable, extensile; yielding, flabby, limp, flimsy; flaccid, flocculent, downy, feathery, fleecy, spongy, doughy; mellow, velvet[y], silky, satiny.
Adverbs — soft as butter, soft as down, soft as silk; yielding as wax.
Quotations — Music has charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak (William Congreve).
Antonyms, see hardness, inelasticity.
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(Roget's IV) n.
Syn. mellowness, impressibility, plasticity; see flexibility 1 .

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