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 (sôft′här′tĭd, sŏft′-)
Easily moved; tender.

soft′heart′ed·ly adv.
soft′heart′ed·ness n.
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Noun1.softheartedness - a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless)
concern - a feeling of sympathy for someone or something; "She felt strong concern for those less fortunate"
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References in classic literature ?
Tamoszius made good wages; and little by little the family were paying back their debt to Marija, so she ought soon to have enough to start life upon--only, with her preposterous softheartedness, she would insist upon spending a good part of her money every week for things which she saw they needed.
The 'bogus refugee' thus joins the 'queue jumpers,' 'the terrorists,' and the 'dependents'--racialized figures, positioned as threatening, who wait at Canadian borders, looking for a gap in security or an excess of the mythological Canadian softheartedness." (54)
They've been enabled-by an astounding forgetfulness, a sentimental softheartedness, an inability to be angry for long and to demand justice for wrongs done.