leniency

[lee-nee-uh n-see, leen-yuh n-]

noun, plural le·ni·en·cies.

the quality or state of being lenient.
a lenient act.

Nearby words

  1. lengthways,
  2. lengthwise,
  3. lengthy,
  4. lengua,
  5. lenience,
  6. lenient,
  7. leniently,
  8. lenin,
  9. lenin peak,
  10. lenin, vladimir ilyich

Also le·ni·ence.

Origin of leniency

First recorded in 1770–80; leni(ent) + -ency

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