soft describes how a material, object, or surface feels to the touch. It refers to the quality of something not being hard or rigid. It can also describe something not being jarring, harsh, or intense. For example, ‘soft lights’ refer to a dimly lit atmosphere.
1. The fur on the plush toy was surprisingly soft.
2. She spoke in a soft, calming voice.
3. The summer breeze was soft on my skin.
when speaking of a person, ‘soft’ and ‘gentle’ can be interchangeable as compliments. However, ‘gentle’ implies a burdened tenderness, while ‘soft’ can simply denote a lack of harshness. Similarly, ‘lax’ is synonymous, but implies greater leeway or lenience.