What does lenient mean?

Definitions for lenientˈli ni ənt, ˈlin yənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word lenient.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. indulgent, lenient, soft(adj)

    tolerant or lenient

    "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; "too soft on the children"; "they are soft on crime"

  2. lenient(adj)

    not strict

    "an easy teacher"; "easy standards"; "lenient rules"; "an easy penalty"

  3. lenient(adj)

    characterized by tolerance and mercy


  1. lenient(Adjective)

    lax; tolerant of deviation; permissive; not strict

    The standard is fairly lenient, so use your discretion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lenient(adj)

    relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes followed by of

  2. Lenient(adj)

    mild; clement; merciful; not rigorous or severe; as, a lenient disposition; a lenient judge or sentence

  3. Lenient(noun)

    a lenitive; an emollient

  4. Origin: [L. leniens, -entis, p. pr. of lenire to soften, fr. lenis soft, mild. Cf. Lithe.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lenient

    lē′ni-ent, adj. softening: mild: merciful.—n. (med.) that which softens: an emollient.—ns. Lē′nience, Lē′niency.—adv. Lē′niently.—v.t. Lē′nify (rare), to assuage.—adj. Len′itive, mitigating: laxative.—n. any palliative: (med.) an application for easing pain: a mild purgative.—n. Len′ity, mildness: clemency. [L. leniens, -entis, pr.p. of lenīre, to soften—lenis, soft.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lenient in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lenient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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