AskDefine | Define gentleness

Dictionary Definition



1 the property possessed by a slope that is very gradual [syn: gradualness] [ant: abruptness]
2 mildness of manner or disposition

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  1. The state of being gentle.

Extensive Definition

Gentleness is a value and quality in one's character. Being gentle has a long history in many, but not all cultures.
Understandably, in times of war, gentleness may be inappropriate, but when the combatants are mismatched, then the stronger can afford magnanimity toward the weaker, in the sense of fair play. In this way, it is possible to minimize collateral damage.
Gentleness can be viewed as a refinement of character; in difficult times, a thoughtful approach can serve as a model for others; when one thinks only of oneself, and not also of others, then it is easy to hurt others unintentionally.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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