Definition of Lenient

1. Adjective. Tolerant or lenient. "They are soft on crime"

Exact synonyms: Indulgent, Soft
Similar to: Permissive
Derivative terms: Indulgence, Lenience, Lenience, Leniency, Softness



2. Adjective. Not strict. "An easy penalty"
Similar to: Undemanding
Derivative terms: Lenience, Leniency

3. Adjective. Characterized by tolerance and mercy.
Similar to: Clement
Derivative terms: Leniency

Definition of Lenient

1. a. Relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes followed by of.

2. n. A lenitive; an emollient.

Definition of Lenient

1. Adjective. lax; tolerant of deviation; permissive; not strict ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Lenient

1. gently tolerant [adj]

Medical Definition of Lenient

1. A lenitive; an emollient. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Lenient

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Literary usage of Lenient

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1. Foreign Financial Control in China by Theodore William Overlach (1919)
"The bankers had acquiesced in these lenient control "provisions, ... good reasons for a lenient " control " the bankers should soon be forced to have the ..."

2. The Dictionary of National Biography by Sidney Lee (1908)
"... thr father of the archbishop, and one of his pupils, says that Brooke was 'an accurate and accomplished scholar, though lenient as a disciplinarian. ..."

3. Samuel F.B. Morse: His Letters and Journals by Samuel Finley Breese Morse, Edward Lind Morse (1914)
"Desire to be lenient to opponents. — Dr. Jackson. — Edward Warren. — Alfred Vail remains loyal. — Troubles in Virginia. — Henry J. Rogers. ..."

4. The Edinburgh Review by Sydney Smith (1869)
"... relation of a commonalty to the city, must be admitted to similar rights, and be incorporated with the metropolitan steady and lenient administration. ..."

5. Elements of International Law by Henry Wheaton (1866)
"... the duties of neutrality, and that it was a very lenient administration of justice to confine the penalty to a mere denial of freight, (a)230 § 508. ..."

6. A Concise Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1901)
"L. legt-, for ¡ex, law ; with suffix -ti-mus. Legume, a pod. (F. — L.) F. légume, lenient pulse,a pod. ... lenient, mikl. (L.) From près. part, ..."

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