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  1  definition  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Tender  \Ten"der\,  a.  [Compar.  {Tenderer};  superl.  {Tenderest}.] 
  [F.  tendre,  L.  tener;  probably  akin  to  tenuis  thin.  See 
  1.  Easily  impressed,  broken,  bruised,  or  injured;  not  firm  or 
  hard;  delicate;  as  tender  plants;  tender  flesh;  tender 
  2.  Sensible  to  impression  and  pain;  easily  pained. 
  Our  bodies  are  not  naturally  more  tender  than  our 
  faces.  --L'Estrange. 
  3.  Physically  weak;  not  hardly  or  able  to  endure  hardship; 
  immature;  effeminate. 
  The  tender  and  delicate  woman  among  you  --Deut. 
  xxviii.  56. 
  4.  Susceptible  of  the  softer  passions,  as  love,  compassion, 
  kindness;  compassionate;  pitiful;  anxious  for  another's 
  good;  easily  excited  to  pity,  forgiveness,  or  favor; 
  The  Lord  is  very  pitiful,  and  of  tender  mercy. 
  --James  v.  11. 
  I  am  choleric  by  my  nature,  and  tender  by  my  temper. 
  5.  Exciting  kind  concern;  dear;  precious. 
  I  love  Valentine,  Whose  life's  as  tender  to  me  as  my 
  soul!  --Shak. 
  6.  Careful  to  save  inviolate,  or  not  to  injure;  --  with  of 
  ``Tender  of  property.''  --Burke. 
  The  civil  authority  should  be  tender  of  the  honor  of 
  God  and  religion.  --Tillotson. 
  7.  Unwilling  to  cause  pain;  gentle;  mild. 
  You  that  are  thus  so  tender  o'er  his  follies,  Will 
  never  do  him  good.  --Shak. 
  8.  Adapted  to  excite  feeling  or  sympathy;  expressive  of  the 
  softer  passions;  pathetic;  as  tender  expressions;  tender 
  expostulations;  a  tender  strain. 
  9.  Apt  to  give  pain;  causing  grief  or  pain;  delicate;  as  a 
  tender  subject.  ``Things  that  are  tender  and  unpleasing.'' 
  10.  (Naut.)  Heeling  over  too  easily  when  under  sail;  --  said 
  of  a  vessel. 
  Note:  Tender  is  sometimes  used  in  the  formation  of 
  self-explaining  compounds;  as  tender-footed, 
  tender-looking,  tender-minded,  tender-mouthed,  and  the 
  Syn:  Delicate;  effeminate;  soft;  sensitive;  compassionate; 
  kind  humane;  merciful;  pitiful. 

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