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lenient

[ lee-nee-uhnt, leen-yuhnt ]
/ ˈli ni ənt, ˈlin yənt /
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adjective
agreeably tolerant; permissive; indulgent: He tended to be lenient toward the children. More lenient laws encouraged greater freedom of expression.
Archaic. softening, soothing, or alleviative.
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Origin of lenient

1645–55; <Latin lēnient- (stem of lēniēns), present participle of lēnīre to soften, alleviate, soothe. See lenis, -ent

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British Dictionary definitions for lenient

lenient
/ (ˈliːnɪənt) /

adjective
showing or characterized by mercy or tolerance
archaic caressing or soothing

Derived forms of lenient

leniency or lenience, nounleniently, adverb

Word Origin for lenient

C17: from Latin lēnīre to soothe, from lēnis soft
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