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noun, plural len·i·ties.
  1. the quality or state of being mild or gentle, as toward others.
  2. 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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Historical Examples

  • But do not imagine that with all this lenity I have for a moment given up my plan of her marriage.

    Lady Susan

    Jane Austen

  • Since that, other things have come to our knowledge to make us repent our lenity.


    Charles James Lever

  • The inhabitants were treated with a lenity as wise as it was humane.

  • The commons seem to have been more inclined to lenity than the lords.

  • This lenity of the king's came too late to remedy the disorders.

British Dictionary definitions for lenity


noun plural -ties
  1. the state or quality of being lenient
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Word Origin

C16: from Latin lēnitās gentleness, from lēnis soft
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Word Origin and History for lenity


"softness," early 15c., from Middle French lénité or directly from Latin lenitatem (nominative lenitas), from lenis "soft, mild" (see lenient).

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