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What does leniency mean?
Leniency is the quality of being lenient—permissive or merciful, as opposed to strict or harsh.
When you’re lenient with someone, you go easy on them. The word sometimes implies that maybe you’re going too easy, and should be more strict. On the other hand, if someone thinks a person is being too strict, such as when disciplining a child, they may tell them to be more lenient.
A person, an action, or a policy can show or have the quality of leniency. The word is especially used in the context of punishments, especially official ones like prison sentences. In this case, it’s often used to imply that such a punishment is not severe enough in the opinion of the speaker.
A less common variant of leniency is lenience.
Example: In my opinion, they’ve shown far too much leniency with his punishment—I think he’s getting off too easy.
Where does leniency come from?
The first records of the word leniency come from around 1780. It ultimately derives from the Latin verb lēnīre, meaning “to soften, soothe, or alleviate” (lēnīre comes from the Latin lenis, meaning “soft” or “mild”). Lenient was first used in the context of medical remedies to ease pain or discomfort. (The related word lenitive is still used in this sense.)
Today, leniency is most often used to refer to the mildness of a punishment. For example, people often criticize courts for showing too much leniency when giving short prison sentences for people who have committed violent crimes. Leniency often implies that a person is choosing to not strictly enforce rules in order to make things easier for someone. Grandparents are often known for having more leniency than parents when disciplining children (or not disciplining them).
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What are some other forms of leniency?
- lenience (noun)
- lenient (adjective)
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How is leniency used in real life?
Leniency is used in many different contexts, but most of them involve rules and punishment.
Despite recommendations from advocates that have urged leniency & prioritizing youths' health and safety amid the pandemic, a 15-year-old in Michigan was incarcerated in May after a judge ruled the teen violated probation by not completing her schoolwork. https://t.co/Ouia6M4EEW
— Sentencing Project (@SentencingProj) July 18, 2020
How rare was the leniency that Barr sought for Roger Stone? Sentencing guideline calculations are complex, but in a year's worth of cases, the government only sought that kind of variance that in less than 2% percent cases: https://t.co/4FD2jRCiNV
— Sharon LaFraniere (@SharonLNYT) March 7, 2020
As consumers across the country worry about how they’ll afford next month’s bills amid the pandemic, executives accused of bilking student-loan borrowers out of roughly $15.6 million are receiving leniency because of their financial circumstances. https://t.co/2IAajSQcCp
— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) July 18, 2020
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How to use leniency in a sentence
There is not a strict description for what qualifies as DAW software, and there are many programs that may or may not be considered DAWs depending on the leniency of the definition.The best DAW for audio engineers of any kind on any budget|Tony Ware|July 29, 2021|Popular-Science
In the joint 2019 investigation, The Post and Courier and ProPublica revealed how South Carolina’s cloaked system of oversight for its state judges resulted in leniency and allowed allegations to remain buried — sometimes for years.Facing New Complaint, South Carolina Magistrate Removed as County’s Chief Judge|by Joseph Cranney and Avery G. Wilks, The Post and Courier|July 9, 2021|ProPublica
In Suffolk County, cases are randomly assigned to prosecutors, and those prosecutors vary in their leniency.A New Study Reveals that Not Prosecuting People for Nonviolent Misdemeanors May Actually Reduce Crime|Amanda Agan, Jennifer Doleac and Anna Harvey|May 4, 2021|Time
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was in the majority in all of the decisions that granted more leniency, and her spot on the court has been filled by conservative Amy Coney Barrett.Supreme Court rules against juvenile sentenced to life without parole|Robert Barnes|April 22, 2021|Washington Post
Prosecutors offered to recommend leniency for his full and substantial cooperation, but also made clear Schaffer could be charged with other crimes of violence if they learn of them.Founding member of Oath Keepers enters first guilty plea in Jan. 6 Capitol breach|Spencer Hsu, Devlin Barrett|April 16, 2021|Washington Post
The governor of Punjab province, a Muslim man, called publicly for leniency for her.
The self-declared caliphate is targeting its leniency, such as it is, along strictly sectarian lines.The Terrorist Caliph as Nation Builder in Iraq, Syria, and Beyond|Jamie Dettmer|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nobody really expected leniency, but still there was hope because the charges against the journalists were so far-fetched.Egyptian Court Hands Down Stiff Sentences for Al-Jazeera Journalists|Jesse Rosenfeld|June 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You are only entitled to such leniency if you tell the truth.Judge Denies Bail Request by Anthony Pellicano, Former Sleuth to the Stars|Christine Pelisek|August 14, 2012|DAILY BEAST
But neither the failure of his plans nor his guilty plea brought leniency.
With regard to the able-bodied pauper, at any rate for the first fifteen years after 1871, there was to be no leniency.English Poor Law Policy|Sidney Webb
We are willing, however, to offer a leniency not required by the circumstances.Space Prison|Tom Godwin
Surely leniency is the most becoming of all virtues, even in persons who have least need of anyone's indulgence.
And this leniency and forgiveness were the more remarkable, since he was not demonstrative in his affections and friendships.Beacon Lights of History, Volume XII|John Lord
I am thus confident of your leniency, because it seems to me that my case is not only a plain, but an interesting one.Ruth Hall|Fanny Fern