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1. That which lacks statistical significance–ie, a statistical 'p' value > 0.05, as in 'soft' data or 'soft' risk factors. Cf Fragile data.
2. That which is socially regarded as relatively innocuous, as in 'soft' drugs–eg, nicotine or alcohol where dependence is often considered psychological or.
3. That which is not based on objective data, as in the 'soft' sciences of psychology or sociology.


(sŏft) [AS. softe]
Not hard, firm, or solid.


lacking in firmness.

soft fat
unpleasant soft fat occurs in pigs fed for too long on kitchen swill.
soft khaki weed
soft palate myositis
a cause of dorsal displacement of the soft palate in horses, resulting in chronic obstruction of the airway during exercise.
soft rolypoly
soft rush
soft shell disease
fish eggs lose their turgidity and become flat and wrinkled; the cause is unknown.
soft shelled eggs
hen eggs with soft shells occur in birds affected by avian infectious bronchitis and can persist for a long time into the recovery period.
soft ticks
ticks lacking a dorsal shield or scutum; members of the family Argasidae, e.g. Argas persicus. Called also nonscutate.
soft tissue
tissue other than bone and cartilage.
soft x-ray beam
made at low kVp output. The beam has low energy and weak penetration.

Patient discussion about soft

Q. Is it healthy to have a soft belly? I do not have a huge belly, but it is round and soft with no muscle tone with a fat layer.

A. The fat is more problematic than the muscle tone, and it's considered as a risk factor for heart diseases and others. Low muscle tone or strength of the muscles of the abdomen may lead to problems like hyperlordosis (lower back that is too curved backward) but these are usually treated, if necessary by strengthening these muscles, so usually it doesn't pose a substantial risk.

Q. For the past 6 months I have been trying to loose weight. For the past 6 months I have been trying to loose weight and I succeeded in that. But I feel to be heavy now. Why did this happened? Or is it just a feel?

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But their soft-hearted concern has occasional flighty charm.
Her home and family are terribly important to her and, although she has a fiery, even bossy side, she's vulnerable and quite soft-hearted.
Last night, John's devastated sister Margo McCallum, 16, said: "He was really soft-hearted and generous.
And soft-hearted Luscious Lil is the barkeeper of the Merry Maid Inn.
But any thoughts his players or rival managers might have harboured that here was an inexperienced, soft-hearted young fella-me-lad ripe for being turned over were soon dashed.
Soft-hearted firemen came to the rescue after a baby hedgehog got trapped under a house.
A Knight's Tale is the action-packed adventure following William (Heath Ledger, The Patriot) and his band of medieval misfits including serious, soft-hearted Roland (Mark Addy, Full Monty) on their quest to win the World Jousting Championship.
Soft-hearted firefighters found a bird was the only casualty at a blaze in Gilfach Goch, Mid Glamorgan, Wales.
Memorable performances, too, by Alan Bates as barking but soft-hearted xenophobe Lord Alconleigh, and Sheila Gish as the monstrously snobbish Lady Montdore.
The mistress of re-invention, she has transformed herself from sex icon to fitness fanatic, material girl to all-powerful businesswoman, pop priestess to earth mother and now, it would appear, devoted, soft-hearted single mum.
A SOFT-HEARTED hitman who spared his female victim was jailed yesterday for two-and-a-half years.
Diana was emotional, compassionate, romantic and soft-hearted.