Definitions for leniency

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

le•ni•entˈli ni ənt, ˈlin yənt(adj.)

  1. agreeably tolerant; not strict or severe; indulgent:

    to be lenient toward the children.

  2. Archaic.soothing.

Origin of lenient:

1645–55; < L lēnient-, s. of lēniēns, prp. of lēnīre to soften, alleviate. See lenis , -ent



Princeton's WordNet

  1. lenience, leniency, mildness, lenity(noun)

    mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant

  2. indulgence, lenience, leniency(noun)

    a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone

    "too much indulgence spoils a child"

  3. lenience, leniency(noun)

    lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers


  1. leniency(Noun)

    The quality of mercy or forgiveness, especially in the assignment of punishment as in a court case.

    The convicted felon asked for leniency, but because the crime was so heinous the judge refused and gave the maximum sentence.

  2. leniency(Noun)

    An act of being lenient.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leniency(noun)

    the quality or state of being lenient; lenity; clemency

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