I'm trying to describe someone who is mentally and physically strong, but who is also able to show his/her tender side and emotions.

  • Could you please give us an example sentence with a blank space for the missing word? Jan 30 '19 at 9:19
  • Why are you using the word yet, as if strength is contradictory to the expression of emotion? Jan 30 '19 at 16:26
  • Not sure about what word would describe that quality but it is a sign of high EQ
    – Maryam
    Jan 31 '19 at 0:17
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    Why do you think a word with this combination of three different meanings exists? Have you been told that there is an English word that means exactly this? Or is there a word in your native language? Is there a reason why you can't just use the phrase "He was mentally and physically strong, and unafraid to show his emotions."
    – James K
    Feb 3 '19 at 8:36

There isn't a single word that describes that combination of qualities, at least that I can think of as a native speaker of American English.

It is perfectly fine to describe it the way you have already:

strong yet not afraid to show his or her emotions.

As mentioned in the comments, the use of the word 'yet' would show that you thought it was a contradiction to be both at once. If you didn't want to express that opinion you could say

strong and not afraid to show emotion

Some other options would be

strong and sensitive
strong, with a high degree of emotional intelligence and awareness
strong physically, mentally and emotionally

In this case English is like a language that doesn't have a word for 'orange'. You would have to say 'red like the setting sun'.

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