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[lee-nee-uh n-see, leen-yuh n-]
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noun, plural le·ni·en·cies.
  1. the quality or state of being lenient.
  2. a lenient act.
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Also le·ni·ence.

Origin of leniency

First recorded in 1770–80; leni(ent) + -ency
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Examples from the Web for lenience

Historical Examples

  • 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.

Word Origin and History for lenience


1796, from lenient + -ence.

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1780, from lenient + -cy.

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