- Gentle , often equivalent to mild , carries a more positive connotation of being pleasantly soothing or tranquil a gentle breeze, voice, etc.
- Mild applies to that which is not as rough, harsh, irritating, etc. as it might be a mild cigarette, criticism, etc.
- Bland implies such an absence of irritation, stimulation, pungency, etc. in something as to make it soothing, unexciting, and hence, sometimes, uninteresting bland foods, climate, etc.
- Soft implies an absence or reduction of all that is harsh, rough, too intense, etc. so as to be pleasing to the senses soft colors, a soft voice