1. [ noun ] a tendency to express warm and affectionate feeling
Related terms: affectionateness
2. [ noun ] a positive feeling of liking
Synonyms: affection heart fondness warmheartedness affectionateness

"he had trouble expressing the affection he felt" "the child won everyone's heart"

Related terms: feeling attachment regard soft_spot protectiveness
3. [ noun ] a feeling of concern for the welfare of someone (especially someone defenseless)
Synonyms: softheartedness
Related terms: concern
4. [ noun ] warm compassionate feelings
Synonyms: tenderheartedness
Related terms: compassion
5. [ noun ] (medicine) a pain that is felt when the area is touched
Synonyms: soreness
Related terms: pain rebound_tenderness chafe chafing
6. [ noun ] an uncomfortable feeling in some part of the body
Synonyms: soreness irritation discomfort
Related terms: suffering chafing irritate
Similar spelling:   tenderize