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softeningadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /ˈsɒfənɪŋ/
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET that has ​stoppedincreasing or that is ​falling: A softening ​jobmarket eventually will ​meanslowerwagegrowth. The state's ​unemploymentrate has remained remarkably ​stable at very ​lowrates despite a softeningnational economy.

softeningnoun [S]

uk   us   /ˈsɒfənɪŋ/
FINANCE, STOCK MARKET a ​lack of ​increase or a ​reduction in the ​level of something: a softening in sth A softening in ​oilprices has helped alleviate some of the ​damage. He sees a softening in ​demand from the ​current boom's nouveaux riches, whose ​high-techwealth is ​waning.a softening of sth (against sth) The NIKKEI ​advanced, with ​blue-chipexporters bounding ​higher on a softening of the ​yen against the ​dollar.
a ​reduction in how severe or unpleasant something is: a softening of sth The ​minister for ​immigration recently announced a softening of ​policy. The ​general softening of society's ​attitude towards the ​consumption of ​certainillegaldrugs has ​raisedconcerns over the ​impact of ​drugs at ​work.
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