from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Speaking with a soft or gentle voice: a soft-spoken instructor.
  • adj. Smooth; ingratiating: a soft-spoken attempt at bribery.

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  • adj. having a pleasant, sweet, gentle, mild speaking manner

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Speaking softly; having a mild or gentle voice; hence, mild; affable.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Speaking softly; having a mild or gentle voice; hence, mild; affable; plausible.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a speaking manner that is not loud or harsh


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