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Can encompass be used to describe someone "holding" someone's wrist gently, and not actually putting any force/ pressure but just holding or gripping it in a very gentle way?

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I would go with cradle (“to hold gently and protectively”). Otherwise, you could use hold, clasp, enfold or other synonyms, together with an adverb softening their strength (e.g., hold gently).

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Does this also work for adults? I don't want to use gently, because I overused it already. – Next Jul 28 '11 at 10:33
It certainly works for adults. – F'x Jul 28 '11 at 10:34

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