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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BAHAWALPUR -- The chief of Jamiat Ulmaa-i-Islam-F and the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, has warned the ulema (religious scholars) against being 'influenced and misled' by any government functionary and softening their stance on registration of their seminaries.
But the signs are that they have been softening their stance after some persistent approaches.
Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola--who is said to represent 17 million Anglicans in a country whose majority Muslim population reportedly objects to churches' softening their stances on sexuality--is the one of the most vociferous opponents of the acceptance of homosexuality in the Anglican Communion.
Reinsurers talked about stiffer terms last year at the Rendez-Vous but ended up softening their stances during negotiations throughout the fall, said Rodman Fox, chief executive officer of Benfield Blanch.