Definition of tenderness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈtendənəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtendərnəs//
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  1. 1the quality of being kind, gentle and loving She always treated him with tenderness and compassion.
  2. 2the quality in food of being easy to bite through and cut The meat had been slow-cooked to incredible tenderness. opposite toughness (3)
  3. 3the fact of a part of the body being painful when you touch it synonym soreness (1) The patient complained of pain and tenderness in the chest.