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 for softly
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Softly \Soft"ly\, adv.
     In a soft manner.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  softly
      adv 1: with low volume; "speak softly but carry a big stick";
             "she spoke quietly to the child"; "the radio was playing
             softly" [syn: softly, quietly] [ant: aloud, loud,
             loudly]
      2: in a manner that is pleasing to the senses; "she smiled
         softly"
      3: with little weight or force; "she kissed him lightly on the
         forehead" [syn: lightly, softly, gently]
      4: used as a direction in music; to be played relatively softly
         [syn: piano, softly] [ant: forte, loudly]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  18 Moby Thesaurus words for "softly":
     a la sourdine, compliantly, delicately, dimly, easily, faintly,
     feebly, gently, hushedly, low, pianissimo, piano, sordamente,
     sordo, subduedly, submissively, tenderly, weakly
  
  

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