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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The Steelers president also seems to have softened his stance since his comments earlier in the month and is now ready to sit down with Brown and try and get on the same page before taking things forward.
Presidential adviser Ramon Jacinto softened his stance on Thursday and said he was open to allowing more tower companies to join a government-initiated effort to increase the number of cell sites in the Philippines.
COMMUNICATIONS Minister Denis Naughten has softened his stance in the rural internet furore.
I am in talks with some government officials for a way forward and hopefully all will be well soon," he said.SOFTENED HIS STANCEWhen terminating the deals with among other,Football Kenya Federation, Kenya Premier League, Kenya Rugby Union, Gor Mahia, AFC Leopards and Nakuru All Stars, Karauri argued his firm was unableto pay the increased taxes slapped on gaming firms by government at the start of this year, and remain with enough to pump in the millions worthof sponsorshipdealsBut then, withgovernment and rival betting firms warming up to the idea of replacing SportPesa in the past few days, it seems Karauri has either softened his stance, or stumbled on extra funds.
Leader of BDI Ali Ahmeti softened his stance and now there is nothing from his announcement for extraordinary elections which he warned about if the country fails to get an invitation for NATO membership at the Summit in September.
Several days later, Oresharski softened his stance, saying State servants can attend antigovernment protests only outside work hours, because when administration employees rally during business hours, they sabotage the institutions.
Lille president Michel Seydoux has softened his stance that Euro 2012 star Debuchy would not be allowed to leave this summer in the last few days.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou on Thursday offered to hold talks with the opposition to resolve the country's political crisis and softened his stance on a referendum on the country's vital bailout package.
The emergence of Tendulkar's strong links with the project comes just after he is said to have softened his stance about the use of Hawk-Eye to judge lbw decisions in Test matches.
And, even though he immediately softened his stance, altering the word 'fair' to 'strong', disciplinary chiefs feel there is sufficient malice to warrant charging him.
However, Karzai softened his stance later on and assigned a commission with ascertaining the firms that operated legally.
Savage, meanwhile, appears to have softened his stance on John Toshack, a man he has fiercely criticised in the past few seasons.
Shehata softened his stance against some Egyptian League stars who fell out of favor with him during the past few months.
However, since hearing reports from friends, band member, Gary Barlow, has softened his stance.
Blues boss Alex McLeish and former manager Steve Bruce jumped to the defence of the player, who was described as "distraught", and Wenger has now softened his stance.