1. softness, consistency, consistence, eubstance, body
usage: the property of giving little resistance to pressure and being easily cut or molded
2. unfitness, softness, ill health, unhealthiness, health problem
usage: poor physical condition; being out of shape or out of condition (as from a life of ease and luxury)
3. balminess, softness, mildness, clemency
usage: the quality of weather that is deliciously mild and soothing; "the day's heat faded into balminess"; "the climate had the softness of the south of France"
4. softness, economic condition
usage: a state of declining economic condition; "orders have recently picked up after a period of extreme softness"; "he attributes the disappointing results to softness in the economy"
5. softness, sound property
usage: a sound property that is free from loudness or stridency; "and in softness almost beyond hearing"
6. softness, visual property
usage: a visual property that is subdued and free from brilliance or glare; "the softness of the morning sky"
7. gentleness, softness, mildness, manner, personal manner
usage: acting in a manner that is gentle and mild and even-tempered; "his fingers have learned gentleness"; "suddenly her gigantic power melted into softness for the baby"; "even in the pulpit there are moments when mildness of manner is not enough"
usage: the trait of being effeminate (derogatory of a man); "the students associated science with masculinity and arts with effeminacy"; "Spartans accused Athenians of effeminateness"; "he was shocked by the softness of the atmosphere surrounding the young prince, arising from the superfluity of the femininity that guided him"
10. softness, indulgence, lenience, leniency
usage: a disposition to be lenient in judging others; "softness is not something permitted of good leaders"