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lenity

[len-i-tee] /ˈlɛn ɪ ti/
noun, plural lenities.
1.
the quality or state of being mild or gentle, as toward others.
2.
a lenient act.
Origin of lenity
1540-1550
From the Latin word lēnītās, dating back to 1540-50. See lenis, -ty2
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lenity

/ˈlɛnɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the state or quality of being lenient
Word Origin
C16: from Latin lēnitās gentleness, from lēnis soft
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Word Origin and History for lenity
n.

"softness," early 15c., from Middle French lénité or directly from Latin lenitatem (nominative lenitas), from lenis "soft, mild" (see lenient).

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