- The definition of a soft shoulder is the soft, unpaved ground along the edge of a highway.
An example of a soft shoulder is a patch of dirt off of a highway where you pull your car over when you are stopped by a law enforcement officer so you are off the road.
soft shoulder definition by Webster's New World
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soft ground along the edge of a highway
soft shoulder definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A border of soft earth running along the edge of a road.