[ lee-nee-uh n-see, leen-yuh n- ]
/ ˈli ni ən si, ˈlin yən- /

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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Word Origin and History for leniency



1780, from lenient + -cy.

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