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ˈli ni ənt, ˈlin yəntle·nient

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. indulgent, lenient, softadjective

    tolerant or lenient

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

  2. lenientadjective

    not strict

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

  3. lenientadjective

    characterized by tolerance and mercy


  1. lenientadjective

    lax; tolerant of deviation; permissive; not strict

    The standard is fairly lenient, so use your discretion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lenientadjective

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

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

  2. Lenientadjective

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

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

  3. Lenientnoun

    a lenitive; an emollient

    Etymology: [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.]

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  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

Examples of lenient in a Sentence

  1. Leon Rodriguez:

    There's been a very remarkable increase in the number of people asking for asylum in the last five or six years or so, and ... it looks very much like people were trying to take advantage of a very lenient system and one they would not be penalized for using and that motivates illegal immigration and harms the integrity of our legal immigration system.

  2. Frank Hayde:

    If this person, who might very well be a young person, were to come forward, we might be much more lenient, what better way to impress your date than to show that you're the type of person who will take responsibility for their actions ?

  3. Lawmaker Jin Sunmee:

    Our justice system is too lenient to offenders and it is heartbreaking to think the system has missed its golden time to protect our children.

  4. Henry Ward Beecher:

    Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself - and be lenient to everybody else.

  5. Abu Khdeir:

    I told the judge that you need to give the maximum punishment for these murderers and not to be lenient with them, my wife and I are having nightmares in the middle of the night when we think about what has happened to our son.

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    a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
    • A. fluster
    • B. monish
    • C. abrade
    • D. lucubrate

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