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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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The softish ground was against him that day but he still had Saturday rivals Stravinsky and Enrique behind him.
The softish ground in the Arc probably went against his chances.
He has schooled well and is suited by softish ground.
Whether he can win the Gold Cup (20-1 generally) may be down to whether the Festival is run on softish conditions rather than the good ground which has prevailed in recent years.
A best-priced 7-1 for the Oaks, Punctilious would surely be in the shake-up on softish ground.
Sahem opened his Flat account when landing a nine-furlong event at Hamilton on softish ground.
Their second award looked softish and all the boys said the same thing happened to us at the other end but nothing was given.
He loved the softish ground today and he should come on even more from this," said Willder.
She is unexposed on the Flat, won late last month on softish ground and had excuses when running a decent race in Monday's feature.
He ran well at Newbury in the spring on easy ground and won at Haydock on softish ground," said Bell.
Some serious fliers have gone through the Candy academy and they don't come much quicker than Amour Propre, who brushed aside pre-race fears about the low draw and the softish ground.
The penny took a little while to drop when Tony Culhane asked Polar Bear to go about his business so there could be more improvement to come, especially on a softish surface.