Definition of Leniency

1. Noun. Mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant.

Exact synonyms: Lenience, Lenity, Mildness
Generic synonyms: Mercifulness, Mercy
Derivative terms: Lenient, Lenient



2. Noun. A disposition to yield to the wishes of someone. "Too much indulgence spoils a child"
Exact synonyms: Indulgence, Lenience
Generic synonyms: Permissiveness, Tolerance
Specialized synonyms: Softness
Derivative terms: Indulge, Indulgent, Indulgent, Lenient, Lenient

3. Noun. Lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers.
Exact synonyms: Lenience
Generic synonyms: Tolerance
Specialized synonyms: Clemency, Mercifulness, Mercy
Derivative terms: Lenient, Lenient

Definition of Leniency

1. Noun. The quality of mercy or forgiveness, especially in the assignment of punishment as in a court case. ¹

2. Noun. An act of being lenient. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Leniency

1. the quality of being lenient [n -CIES]

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Literary usage of Leniency

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1. Twenty Years in Paris: Being Some Recollections of a Literary Life by Robert Harborough Sherard (1906)
"But I think that the extraordinary leniency of the French juries on the one hand, and of the Executive on the other, as they are witnessed to-day, ..."

2. History of Corn Milling by Richard Bennett (1900)
"Reverting to France, various of the customs of the sixteenth century are found to evince the same tendency to leniency in the matter of punishments. ..."

3. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"He may have applauded the frugality of Vespasian and the leniency of Titus, and silently deplored the pedantic reforms of their successor. ..."

4. A Treatise on the Law of Sale of Personal Property by Floyd Russell Mechem (1901)
"CH. I.] § 1073. PERFORMANCE IN GENERAL. [§§ 1073-1075. Mere leniency ... So mere leniency on the part of him to whom the act is due — mere voluntary ..."

5. A History of the Inquisition of Spain by Henry Charles Lea (1907)
"... and the disastrous consequences of concurrent episcopal jurisdiction, where the leniency 1 Archivo hist, nacional, Inq. de Valencia, Lib. vin de autos, ..."

6. A Treatise on Secret Liens and Reputed Ownership by Abram I. Elkus, Garrard Glenn (1910)
"A curious extension of leniency. In this connection, attention might be called to a rather curious extension of leniency to such secret arrangements on the ..."

7. Diary of Gideon Welles, Secretary of the Navy Under Lincoln and Johnson by Gideon Welles (1911)
"... Resolution of Sympathy with Cretan Insurrectionists — General Banks calls to urge a Removal and an Appointment — The President's leniency in Matters of ..."

8. The Political History of England by William Hunt, Reginald Lane Poole (1906)
"Generally speaking, Alfred's laws differ from those of Ine, and still more from those of Kentish Ethelbert, in the direction of greater leniency, the amount ..."

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