ten·​der·​ness ˈten-dər-nəs How to pronounce tenderness (audio)
: a tender quality or condition: such as
: gentleness and affection
His voice quavered with tenderness.Joyce Carol Oates
: the quality of being succulent and easily chewed
How you carve the meat enhances the tenderness and juiciness of each portion.Kemp Minifie
: 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

Examples of tenderness in a Sentence

volunteers at the shelter tended to all the animals in their care with great tenderness
Recent Examples on the Web The study did not account for variables like skin tenderness or the varying adhesive strength of different bandage types. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 May 2024 But even if some viewers might grow impatient with Simon’s passivity in the face of endless microaggressions, there’s enough tenderness, heart and ultimate self-realization in Solo to keep you watching. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 May 2024 One that, all hued up like a flower, in some wondrous shade of pink, can both stop people in their tracks and declare a certain kind of tenderness in grief or in love and care. Lisa Donovan, New York Times, 15 May 2024 Buttermilk: Adds moisture, tenderness, and a mild tanginess to the cake. Lisa Cericola, Southern Living, 15 May 2024 Ubeda delivers one of the finest performances by an actor this year, bursting with tenderness and aching vulnerability as Henry finds healing through storytelling. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 12 May 2024 There’s a lot of darkness, but there’s also a lot of love and tenderness. Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 2 May 2024 What came back to me in that moment were memories of Lior’s tenderness. Hunter Ingram, Variety, 18 Apr. 2024 Soda bread traditionally calls for buttermilk, which imparts tenderness and tang and contributes to leavening the bread by activating the baking soda. Jessie Sheehan, Washington Post, 15 Mar. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of tenderness was in the 14th century

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“Tenderness.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tenderness. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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