Definition of HARDNESS

something that is a cause for suffering or special effort especially in the attainment of a goal <the test questions were rated for hardness, a rating of five indicating the most difficult>
Near Antonyms advantage, break, opportunity
the quality or state of being demanding or unyielding (as in discipline or criticism) <the aunt's hardness gradually crumbled under the influence of the little orphan's endearing ways>

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