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TENDERNESS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does tenderness mean? 

TENDERNESS (noun)
  The noun TENDERNESS has 5 senses:

1. a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling
2. a pain that is felt (as when the area is touched)
3. warm compassionate feelings
4. a positive feeling of liking
5. a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless)

  Familiarity information: TENDERNESS used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TENDERNESS (noun)


Sense 1tenderness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("tenderness" is a kind of...):

affectionateness; fondness; lovingness; warmth (a quality proceeding from feelings of affection or love)


Sense 2tenderness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A pain that is felt (as when the area is touched)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

soreness; tenderness; rawness

Context examples:

the best results are generally obtained by inserting the needle into the point of maximum tenderness / after taking a cold, rawness of the larynx and trachea come on

Hypernyms ("tenderness" is a kind of...):

hurting; pain (a symptom of some physical hurt or disorder)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tenderness"):

chafing (soreness or irritation of the skin caused by friction)

rebound tenderness (pain felt when a hand pressing on the abdomen is suddenly released; a symptom of peritoneal inflammation)

chafe (soreness and warmth caused by friction)


Sense 3tenderness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Warm compassionate feelings

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

tenderheartedness; tenderness

Hypernyms ("tenderness" is a kind of...):

compassion; compassionateness (a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering)


Sense 4tenderness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A positive feeling of liking

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

affection; affectionateness; warmness; philia; fondness; warmheartedness; tenderness; heart

Context examples:

he had trouble expressing the affection he felt / the child won everyone's heart / the warmness of his welcome made us feel right at home

Hypernyms ("tenderness" is a kind of...):

feeling (the experiencing of affective and emotional states)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "tenderness"):

attachment; fond regard (a feeling of affection for a person or an institution)

protectiveness (a feeling of protective affection)

regard; respect (a feeling of friendship and esteem)

soft spot (a sentimental affection)


Sense 5tenderness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Synonyms:

softheartedness; tenderness

Hypernyms ("tenderness" is a kind of...):

concern (a feeling of sympathy for someone or something)


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