nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A moderate or flexible policy or position, as on a political issue.
Origin: soft + (hard) line.
- softˈ-lineˈ adjective
- softˈ-linˈer noun