[ lee-nee-uhn-see, leen-yuhn- ]
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noun,plural le·ni·en·cies.
  1. the quality or state of being lenient.

  2. a lenient act.

Origin of leniency

First recorded in 1770–80; leni(ent) + -ency
  • Also le·ni·ence .

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How to use leniency in a sentence

  • With a little luck and a little lenience from the judicial system, 7286 might just turn around and punch us all in the face.

    Lindsay Lohan Heads to Jail | Rebecca Dana | July 5, 2010 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • 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.

  • I call it criminal lenience on the part of my nephew to allow it, he must have taken leave of his senses!'

    An American Girl in London | Sara Jeannette Duncan
  • Mr. Gould calls this word and lenience "two philological abortions."

    The Verbalist | Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • He is a son Of our great neighbor, and his death would wound The courtesy of nations that is kept By lenience unabraded.

    The Mortal Gods and Other Plays | Olive Tilford Dargan