noun, plural len·i·ties.
Examples from the Web for lenity
Yet such was their lenity and clemency, that upon a petition from them, the foresaid persons were set at liberty.Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)|John Howie
Tell me not of the lenity with which this cruel law is tempered to its unhappy subjects.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 5 (of 20)|Charles Sumner
Nor did those who offered to surrender always experience the lenity and mercy, which they sought thereby.The Rights of War and Peace|Hugo Grotius
I therefore flatter myself that the congress will receive with indulgence and lenity the opinion I shall offer.The Life of George Washington, Vol. 2 (of 5)|John Marshall
With this vast lightening of spirit came, not only gratitude, but a sense of lenity toward Governor Abbott.The Lieutenant-Governor|Guy Wetmore Carryl
British Dictionary definitions for lenity
noun plural -ties
Word Origin for lenity
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).