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

     

    toughness

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//ˈtʌfnəs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʌfnəs//
     
    [uncountable]
     
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  1. 1the strength to deal successfully with difficult conditions or situations Her background had given her the physical and mental toughness that enabled her to fight for what she wanted.
  2. 2physical strength and a tendency to become violent He hid his insecurities behind a mask of macho toughness.
  3. 3the quality of being strong and not easily cut, broken, torn, etc. the toughness of steel
  4. 4toughness (on something) determination that particular rules be obeyed and a lack of sympathy for any problems or suffering that this may cause the government's new-found toughness on crime