softly

softly
soft ADJECTIVE 1) easy to mould, cut, compress, or fold. 2) not rough or coarse in texture. 3) quiet and gentle. 4) (of light or colour) pleasingly subtle; not harsh. 5) sympathetic or lenient, especially excessively so. 6) informal (of a job or way of life) requiring little effort. 7) informal foolish. 8) (soft on) informal infatuated with. 9) (of a drink) not alcoholic. 10) (of a drug) not likely to cause addiction. 11) (of water) free from mineral salts. 12) (of a faction within a political party) willing to compromise. 13) (also soft-core) (of pornography) suggestive but not explicit.
have a soft spot for — Cf. ↑have a soft spot for
a soft (or easy) touch — Cf. ↑a soft touch
DERIVATIVES softish adjective softly adverb softness noun.
ORIGIN Old English.

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