Origin of lenient
Examples from the Web for lenient
The Jewish Week reported that sources said Hynes was expected to dispose of the case with a lenient plea deal.
Caminero just sounds like a jerk, and his charge of criminal mischief almost too lenient.
The New York Times and The Guardian asked President Obama to be lenient on the leaker in two editorials Thursday.Michael Hayden, Ex-NSA Director, Says Clemency for Edward Snowden Is ‘Outrageous’ Idea|Eli Lake|January 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In other words, Berlusconi's trivialization of the Shoah and his lenient views regarding Mussolini are not uncommon.Why Do Italian Jews Tolerate Berlusconi's Trivialization of the Holocaust?|Anna Momigliano|November 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The dispute-resolution process is also too protracted, and the sanctions against offending parties too lenient.
Lenine is afraid that the proletariat is too soft-hearted and lenient.Bolshevism|John Spargo
For the first time the lenient doctor did not want to relieve pain.A Man of Two Countries|Alice Harriman
These audiences were usually large, and far too lenient in the estimation of Tus-ka-sah.The Frontiersmen|Charles Egbert Craddock
It is surprising how lenient we can be to the defects or failings of those who minister to our vanity!Grif|B. L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
Elisabeth cheerfully caught at this straw of comfort; she was always ready to take a lenient view of her own shortcomings.The Farringdons|Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler
British Dictionary definitions for lenient
Word Origin for lenient
Word Origin and History for lenient
1650s, "relaxing, soothing," from Middle French lenient, from Latin lenientem (nominative leniens), present participle of lenire "to soften, alleviate, mitigate, allay, calm," from lenis "mild, gentle, calm," probably from PIE root *le- "to leave, yield, let go, slacken" (cf. Lithuanian lenas "quiet, tranquil, tame, slow," Old Church Slavonic lena "lazy," Latin lassus "faint, weary," Old English læt "sluggish, slow," lætan "to leave behind"). Sense of "mild, merciful" (of persons) first recorded 1787. In earlier use was lenitive, attested from early 15c. of medicines, 1610s of persons.