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Definitions for lenient
ˈli ni ənt, ˈlin yəntle·nient
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indulgent, lenient, softadjective
tolerant or lenient
"indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; "too soft on the children"; "they are soft on crime"
"an easy teacher"; "easy standards"; "lenient rules"; "an easy penalty"
characterized by tolerance and mercy
lax; tolerant of deviation; permissive; not strict
The standard is fairly lenient, so use your discretion.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: leniens, Latin.
With study’d argument, and much persuasion sought,
Lenient of grief and anxious thought. John Milton, Agonistes.
In this one passion man can strength enjoy;
Time, that on all things lays his lenient hand,
Yet tames not this; it sticks to our last sand. Alexander Pope.
Oils relax the fibres, are lenient, balsamick, and abate acrimony in the blood. John Arbuthnot, on Aliments.
An emollient, or assuasive application.
I dressed it with lenients. Richard Wiseman, Surgery.
Mercy (Middle English, from Anglo-French merci, from Medieval Latin merced-, merces, from Latin, "price paid, wages", from merc-, merxi "merchandise") is benevolence, forgiveness, and kindness in a variety of ethical, religious, social, and legal contexts. In the social and legal context, mercy may refer both to compassionate behavior on the part of those in power (e.g. mercy shown by a judge toward a convict), or on the part of a humanitarian third party, e.g., a mission of mercy aiming to treat war victims.
relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes followed by of
mild; clement; merciful; not rigorous or severe; as, a lenient disposition; a lenient judge or sentence
a lenitive; an emollient
Etymology: [L. leniens, -entis, p. pr. of lenire to soften, fr. lenis soft, mild. Cf. Lithe.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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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The numerical value of lenient in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of lenient in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7
Examples of lenient in a Sentence
It really caused huge anxiety, families were torn apart, children were left in the custody of the state, there’s a bitter taste still in Massachusetts. Some advocates for more lenient immigration policies lauded Michelle DuBois.
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.
The horror of child pornography is exponentially worse than it was a decade ago, and judges handing out lenient sentences for these criminals is a big reason why, while the White House continues to dismiss concerns about leniency toward child porn offenders as a ‘desperate conspiracy theory,’ the numbers speak for themselves. Congress must act before this problem becomes even worse.
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.
If you look at her record as a federal judge in criminal cases and particularly cases concerning child pornography over and over and over again, she gives incredibly lenient sentences.
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- tolerante, laxoSpanish
- laxiste, indulgent, permissifFrench
- tròcaireachScottish Gaelic
- tolerant, toegeeflijk, mildDutch
- tolerantă, tolerant, indulgent, blând, îngăduitorRomanian
- терпимый, мягкий, снисходительныйRussian
- نرم مزاج - رحمدلUrdu
- nhân hậuVietnamese
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