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soft-hearted

[sawft-hahr-tid, soft-]
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adjective
  1. very sympathetic or responsive; generous in spirit: a soft-hearted judge.
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Origin of soft-hearted

First recorded in 1570–80
Related formssoft-heart·ed·ly, adverbsoft-heart·ed·ness, noun

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tender, kind-hearted.
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adj.

also softhearted, 1590s, from soft (adj.) "tender" + hearted. Related: Soft-heartedly; soft-heartedness.

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