soft·​heart·​ed | \ ˈsȯf(t)-ˌhär-təd How to pronounce softhearted (audio) \

Definition of softhearted

: emotionally responsive : sympathetic

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Other Words from softhearted

softheartedly adverb
softheartedness noun

Examples of softhearted in a Sentence

He looks tough, but he's really very softhearted. She's too softhearted to fire anyone.
Recent Examples on the Web Picking up the narrative baton, Jon Hamm takes over as the most softhearted collectibles expert ever. Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times, "Review: ‘Nostalgia’ Asks Why We Keep Things," 15 Feb. 2018 Mr. Dylan, who was never exactly a softhearted songwriter, now openly confronts both his crumbling voice and a treacherous world, while the Rolling Stones continue, stubbornly and miraculously, to romp across stages. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Desert Trippers: Old, Young, Nostalgic and Adventurous OCT. 8, 2016," 8 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of softhearted

circa 1586, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of softhearted was circa 1586

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“Softhearted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of softhearted

: having feelings of kindness and sympathy for other people

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