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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Catherine Salmon:

    Parents are more lenient, so youngest kids tend to be less rules-oriented, and yet they still get lots of attention.

  2. Ben Wizner:

    The problem is not that David Petraeus is getting lenient treatment, the problem is that lenient treatment is only available to people in high places.

  3. Saadi Shirazi:

    Anger that has no limit causes terror, and unseasonable kindness does away with respect. Be not so severe as to cause disgust, nor so lenient as to make people presume.

  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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