- the quality or state of being mild or gentle, as toward others.
- a lenient act.
Origin of lenity
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Examples from the Web for lenity
But do not imagine that with all this lenity I have for a moment given up my plan of her marriage.Lady Susan
Since that, other things have come to our knowledge to make us repent our lenity.Barrington
Charles James Lever
The inhabitants were treated with a lenity as wise as it was humane.The Life of George Washington, Vol. 3 (of 5)
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.
- the state or quality of being lenient
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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