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lenity

[ len-i-tee ]
/ ˈlɛn ɪ ti /
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noun, plural len·i·ties.
the quality or state of being mild or gentle, as toward others.
a lenient act.
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Origin of lenity

From the Latin word lēnītās, dating back to 1540–50. See lenis, -ty2

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British Dictionary definitions for lenity

lenity
/ (ˈlɛnɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties
the state or quality of being lenient

Word Origin for lenity

C16: from Latin lēnitās gentleness, from lēnis soft
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