[ sawft-hahr-tid, soft- ]

  1. very sympathetic or responsive; generous in spirit: a soft-hearted judge.

Origin of soft-hearted

First recorded in 1570–80

Other words for soft-hearted

Other words from soft-hearted

  • soft-heart·ed·ly, adverb
  • soft-heart·ed·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use soft-hearted in a sentence

  • I am quite aware that there are lots of softhearted people who will say I ought never to have allowed Danjuro to do what he did.

    The Air Pirate | Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • Erle raved about him to my grandfather; but then Erle always raves about peoplehe is terribly softhearted.

    Wee Wifie | Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • But he shall find out that it was only a child, only a silly, softhearted baby he played with down here.

    Robert Elsmere | Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • On the 28th Grey again expressed one of his softhearted propositions for peace.

  • For active brutality is not popular with Forsytes; they are too circumspect, and, on the whole, too softhearted.

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete | John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for softhearted


/ (ˌsɒftˈhɑːtɪd) /

  1. easily moved to pity

Derived forms of softhearted

  • softheartedly, adverb
  • softheartedness, noun

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