[lee-nee-uh n-see, leen-yuh n-]

noun, plural le·ni·en·cies.

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

Also le·ni·ence.

Origin of leniency

First recorded in 1770–80; leni(ent) + -ency
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Related Words for leniency

compassion, mercy, tolerance, kindness, lenience, lenity, charity

Examples from the Web for leniency

Contemporary Examples of leniency

Historical Examples of leniency

  • I hold that a man in your position should have every leniency shown to him.

  • La Tour could not move the Admiral to any leniency for Germain.

    The False Chevalier

    William Douw Lighthall

  • My gentleness was not appreciated; my leniency was despised.

    Breaking Away

    Oliver Optic

  • We are willing, however, to offer a leniency not required by the circumstances.

    Space Prison

    Tom Godwin

  • Once convicted on such a charge Nancy need expect no leniency.

    The Lost Despatch

    Natalie Sumner Lincoln

Word Origin and History for leniency

1780, from lenient + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper