adjective, milder, mildest.
amiably gentle or temperate in feeling or behavior toward others.
characterized by or showing such gentleness, as manners or speech: a mild voice.
not cold, severe, or extreme, as air or weather: mild breezes.
not sharp, pungent, or strong: a mild flavor.
not acute or serious, as disease: a mild case of flu.
gentle or moderate in force or effect: mild penalties.
soft; pleasant: mild sunshine.
moderate in intensity, degree, or character: mild regret.
British Dialect. comparatively soft and easily worked, as soil, wood, or stone.
Obsolete. kind or gracious.
British. beer that has a blander taste than bitter.

before 900; Middle English, Old English milde; cognate with German mild; akin to Greek malthakós soft

mildly, adverb
mildness, noun
overmild, adjective
semimild, adjective
semimildness, noun

1. soft, pleasant. See gentle. 3. temperate, moderate, clement. 4. bland.

1. forceful. 3. severe. 6. harsh. Unabridged
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mild (maɪld)
1.  (of a taste, sensation, etc) not powerful or strong; bland: a mild curry
2.  gentle or temperate in character, climate, behaviour, etc
3.  not extreme; moderate: a mild rebuke
4.  feeble; unassertive
5.  (Brit) draught beer, of darker colour than bitter and flavoured with fewer hops
[Old English milde; compare Old Saxon mildi, Old Norse mildr]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. milde "gentle, merciful," from P.Gmc. *milthjaz- (cf. O.N. mildr, O.Fris. milde, Du. mild, O.H.G. milti, Ger. milde "mild," Goth. mildiþa "kindness"), from PIE base *meld-/*mld- "softness" (cf. Gk. malthon "weakling," O.Ir. meldach "tender," Skt. mrdh "to neglect," also "to be moist"). Related
to melt. Originally of persons and powers; of the weather from c.1400, of disease from 1744. Phrase to put it mildly is attested from 1929.
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see put it mildly.

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Example sentences
They are mildly venomous snakes, but their tiny, fixed rear fangs make them
  harmless to humans.
Mildly insulated in the seat area for protection against cold lift chairs.
By removing the frogs in mildly infested areas, people can help keep them from
  spreading-and keep their own gardens frog free.
The live chat is mildly interesting, but apparently is heavily moderated so
  that only questions perceived as good get through.
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