Meaning of “softball” in the English Dictionary

"softball" in American English

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softballnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈsɔftˌbɔl/

a game similar to baseball but played with a larger, softer ball, or the ball used in this game

(Definition of “softball” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"softball" in Business English

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softballnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈsɒftbɔːl/ us US

informal a method of doing something that is not forceful, determined, or unpleasant:

With its burgeoning trade deficit, the US is in no mood to play softball.
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a softball question

informal a question that is easy to answer:

I know this is probably like a softball question to you, but are you going to go ask Congress for more money and more staff?
News crews lobbed softball questions.

(Definition of “softball” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)