Definitions of tenderness

  1. a positive feeling of liking; "he had trouble expressing the affection he felt"; "the child won everyone's heart" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. The quality or state of being tender (in any sense of the adjective). Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The state of being tender; sensibility; kind attention; scrupulousness; care not to injure. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  6. The being easily injured; softness; state of being easily hurt or pained; compassion; kindness; extreme care not to give pain or offence; cautious care not to injure; softness or pathos of expression. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for tenderness

  1. For Clara used to love him, and already she had shown that his tenderness did not appeal to her in vain; during the journey she had once or twice pressed his hand in gratitude. – The Nether World by George Gissing
  2. " I quite understand," she said, with a sort of tenderness – The Lion's Share by E. Arnold Bennett