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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This created a vacuum especially in the Middle East where India got an opportunity to make inroads in Saudi Arabia and the UAE which softened their stance on the Kashmir issue.
They have repeatedly failed to agree terms but Hearn and his man have softened their stance in negotiations with manager Barry McGuigan and his sons who handle Frampton.
The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) threatened to expel all those involved in the fight without a hearing, although they softened their stance over the weekend by claiming anyone charged would be able to answer their case.
The Premier League leaders have softened their stance on their former captain by telling him that he can move to the San Siro until the end of the season - as long as Milan agree to make the deal permanent at the price they want at the end of the season.
Bangkok, Apr 24(ANI): Leaders of Thailand's opposition United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), also known as the "Red Shirts", have softened their stance and proposed a new deadline to the government.
While many fans remain hostile towards the Mike Ashley regime, others have softened their stance - helped by success on the pitch, January transfer moves and the serious financial difficulties of other clubs.
Khashoggi said the brothers, who earlier rejected reconciliation efforts, have softened their stance. "The judge understood this and gave them time for reconciliation before they appear in court on April 13," he said.
And there is further encouraging news for Arsenal as Zenit St Petersburg appear to have softened their stance on the fee demanded for Andrei Arshavin.
ARSENEWENGER has been encouraged that Zenit St Petersburg appear to have softened their stance on the fee demanded for Andrei Arshavin.
In recent years, major arbiters of medical ethics have softened their stance on compensation, with the American Medical Association, the American Society of Transplant Surgeons, and the United Network for Organ Sharing supporting some compensation experiments.
European governments softened their stance after Pres.
And the club are understood to have softened their stance towards Warburton, who was lined up for his P45 at the end of his contract in June.
Although the Russians have softened their stance over the original pounds 20m demanded for the 27-year-old playmaker, Arsenal remain resolute in their offer of pounds 12m plus add ons and no improved bid has been tabled.
Although the Russians have softened their stance over the original pounds 20m demanded for the 27-year-old, Arsenal remain resolute in their offer of pounds 12m plus add ons and, as yet, no improved bid has been tabled.
Rowling's decision to welcome Harry Potter fanfic undoubtedly has helped boost the genre's legitimacy, and recently even some anti-fanfic writers have softened their stance. McCaffrey, who once threatened legal action against fanfic sites, now permits them with the same stipulations as Rowling: They must be noncommercial and nonpornographic.