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soft = not severe enough = 不够严格; they may very well ... = 他们很有可能(要)...
Explanation: soft (disapproving) = not severe or forceful enough,especially in criticising or punishing someone who has done something wrong. eg She thinks I'm too soft on the kids when they misbehave. The government can't be seen to be taking a soft line (= not being severe enough) with criminals.
Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary
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