Violent strike-breaking went of style, to be replaced by gentler managerial practices.
Scalloped edges are gentler than serrated edges and leave a cleaner cut.
Are test-optional colleges adopting a kindler, gentler approach to admissions?
Perhaps if Chatwin hadn't died as he did, his harshest critics might have taken a gentler view of him as well as his output.
Jalili, who had been strident in 2011, struck a gentler tone this time.
There was that noisy wind again, but this time it was gentler than it had been in the city.
He was no gentler with myself, or those for whom I had the greatest regard.
But there are gentler and more human touches in that old legend.
Then, in a gentler tone, "Come, you'll find your cap again; it hasn't been stolen."
I do not think he was any gentler here, less selfish or less brutal, but the circumstances were more favourable.
early 13c., "well-born," from Old French gentil "high-born, noble, of good family" (11c., in Modern French "nice, graceful, pleasing; fine pretty"), from Latin gentilis "of the same family or clan," from gens (genitive gentis) "race, clan," from root of gignere "beget," from PIE root *gen- "produce" (see genus). Sense of "gracious, kind" (now obsolete) first recorded late 13c.; that of "mild, tender" is 1550s. Older sense remains in gentleman.