. See under Legal.Tender of issue(Law), a form of words in a pleading, by which a party offers to refer the question raised upon it to the appropriate mode of decision. Burrill.

(Ten"der), a. [Compar. Tenderer ; superl. Tenderest.] [F. tendre, L. tener; probably akin to tenuis thin. See Thin.]

1. Easily impressed, broken, bruised, or injured; not firm or hard; delicate; as, tender plants; tender flesh; tender fruit.

2. Sensible to impression and pain; easily pained.

Our bodies are not naturally more tender than our faces.

3. Physically weak; not hardly or able to endure hardship; immature; effeminate.

The tender and delicate woman among you.
Deut. xxviii. 56.

4. Susceptible of the softer passions, as love, compassion, kindness; compassionate; pitiful; anxious for another's good; easily excited to pity, forgiveness, or favor; sympathetic.

The Lord is very pitiful, and of tender mercy.
James v. 11.

I am choleric by my nature, and tender by my temper.

5. Exciting kind concern; dear; precious.

I love Valentine,
Whose life's as tender to me as my soul!

6. Careful to save inviolate, or not to injure; — with of. "Tender of property." Burke.

The civil authority should be tender of the honor of God and religion.

7. Unwilling to cause pain; gentle; mild.

You, that are thus so tender o'er his follies,
Will never do him good.

8. Adapted to excite feeling or sympathy; expressive of the softer passions; pathetic; as, tender expressions; tender expostulations; a tender strain.

9. Apt to give pain; causing grief or pain; delicate; as, a tender subject. "Things that are tender and unpleasing." Bacon.

10. (Naut.) Heeling over too easily when under sail; — said of a vessel.

Tender is sometimes used in the formation of self- explaining compounds; as, tender-footed, tender- looking, tender-minded, tender-mouthed, and the like.

Syn. — Delicate; effeminate; soft; sensitive; compassionate; kind; humane; merciful; pitiful.

(Ten"der) n. [Cf. F. tendre.] Regard; care; kind concern. [Obs.] Shak.

Legal tender

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