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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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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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Word Origin and History for lenity

lenity


n.

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

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