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leniency

[lee-nee-uh n-see, leen-yuh n-] /ˈli ni ən si, ˈlin yən-/
noun, plural leniencies.
1.
the quality or state of being lenient.
2.
a lenient act.
Also, lenience.
Origin of leniency
1770-1780
First recorded in 1770-80; leni(ent) + -ency
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  • I hold that a man in your position should have every leniency shown to him.

  • La Tour could not move the Admiral to any leniency for Germain.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • My gentleness was not appreciated; my leniency was despised.

    Breaking Away Oliver Optic
  • We are willing, however, to offer a leniency not required by the circumstances.

    Space Prison Tom Godwin
  • Once convicted on such a charge Nancy need expect no leniency.

    The Lost Despatch Natalie Sumner Lincoln
Word Origin and History for leniency
n.

1780, from lenient + -cy.

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