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the ability to achieve one's goals without force, esp by diplomacy, persuasion, etcCompare hard power
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In the UK, COTTON CANDY is more commonly known as…
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How to use soft power in a sentence
The defeat of Islamic extremism requires both hard and soft power responses.Why’s Al Qaeda So Strong? Washington Has (Literally) No idea|Bruce Riedel|November 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“She can help China build soft power,” said a source in the piece.China’s Glamorous First Lady Peng Liyuan Saving the Communist Party With Song|Eveline Chao|March 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Americans tend to radically overestimate the benefits of "soft power" or "leading by example".Ask the Blogger: How About That Election?|Megan McArdle|November 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Ayatollah Khomeini was a profound believer in soft power: say “the Truth” and the people would come.Ahmadinejad Shows His Soft Side in U.N. Speech|Reuel Marc Gerecht|September 27, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The recent veto on Syria undermines its campaign to project “soft power” and a kinder, gentler image around the world.China Sided With Russia on Syria out of Defensiveness, Not Strength|Melinda Liu|February 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Donnegan allowed her to stop him with that soft power for a moment, until his face went white—as if with pain.Gunman's Reckoning|Max Brand
Mae felt herself gradually yielding to the spell of this man's soft power.Mae Madden|Mary Murdoch Mason