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[lee-nee-uh n-see, leen-yuh n-] /ˈli ni ən si, ˈlin yən-/
noun, plural leniencies.
the quality or state of being lenient.
a lenient act.
Also, lenience.
Origin of leniency
First recorded in 1770-80; leni(ent) + -ency Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • I cannot explain—my brain is on fire, I think—but try to judge with lenience.

    Margarita's Soul Ingraham Lovell
  • Shortcomings of this nature should be regarded with some lenience.

    From Paper-mill to Pressroom William Bond Wheelwright
  • Bonaparte has also been blamed for the lenience of his terms.

  • It was plain that lenience was wasted in such a case, and simple imprisonment was not enough.

    A Child of the Jago Arthur Morrison
  • I thought it an odd example of lenience to allow the batsman as many strokes behind the catcher as he chanced to make.

  • If some gentlemen knew the facts that come to us, they would wonder at our lenience to their faults.

  • He had inherited from his old Irish mother a certain mildness, and a lenience, where they were concerned.

    The Heart of Rachael Kathleen Norris
  • Lenity is undoubtedly the proper word to use, though both Webster and Worcester do recognize leniency and lenience.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • De Wet was once more given his life, and the other rebels were treated with a lenience which nothing but its wisdom could excuse.

  • If God did not chastise sin, that lenience would argue that He was not all love and goodness towards man.

    The English Church in the Eighteenth Century

    Charles J. Abbey and John H. Overton
Word Origin and History for lenience

1796, from lenient + -ence.



1780, from lenient + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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