tenderness

noun
ten·​der·​ness | \ ˈten-dər-nəs How to pronounce tenderness (audio) \

Definition of tenderness

: a tender quality or condition: such as
a : gentleness and affection His voice quavered with tenderness.— Joyce Carol Oates
b : the quality of being succulent and easily chewed How you carve the meat enhances the tenderness and juiciness of each portion.— Kemp Minifie
c : sensitivity to touch or palpation They found a small increased risk of reactions such as redness, swelling, and/or tenderness at the injection site …The Journal of the American Medical Association

First Known Use of tenderness

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Tenderness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenderness. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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