soft·​heart·​ed ˈsȯf(t)-ˌhär-təd How to pronounce softhearted (audio)
: emotionally responsive : sympathetic
softheartedly adverb
softheartedness noun

Example Sentences

He looks tough, but he's really very softhearted. She's too softhearted to fire anyone.
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of softhearted was circa 1586

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Cite this Entry

“Softhearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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soft·​heart·​ed ˈsȯft-ˈhärt-əd How to pronounce softhearted (audio)
softheartedly adverb
softheartedness noun
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