soften (one's or someone's) stance (on something)

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soften (one's or someone's) stance (on something)

1. To become less severe, strict, or inflexible in one's position or beliefs (regarding something). Our dad always said he would never let us have our own phones, but he softened his stance when my sister and I started high school. The senator has indicated that she may be softening her stance on the issue of tax reform.
2. To cause someone else to become less severe, strict, or inflexible in their position or beliefs (regarding something). I've been trying to soften the boss's stance on giving paid parental leave to all new employees. The government was originally adamant in their position on the controversial issue, but the continual protests around the country seem to be softening their stance.
See also: soften, stance

soften one's stance (on someone or something)

Fig. to reduce the severity of one's position regarding someone or something. If he would soften his stance on the matter, I could easily become more cooperative.
See also: soften, stance
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MARION BARTOLI has softened her stance on a possible comeback to never say never.
While Merkel has ruled out eurobonds as a solution to the crisis, she has softened her stance on allowing the ECB to shore up government bond markets, paving the way for possible further interventions.
Henin herself has also softened her stance about a return from a repeatedly firm "no".
But then I noticed she seemed to have softened her stance and also her readiness to be a mother.
While Tanaka had earlier expressed her opposition to Koizumi's visit to Yasukuni, she recently softened her stance, saying last week she would respect Koizumi's decision on whether to go through his planned shrine visit.