An example of something that would be described as lenient is a jail sentence of one day for armed robbery.
- not harsh or severe in disciplining, punishing, judging, etc.; mild; merciful; clement
- Archaic soothing
Origin of lenientClassical Latin leniens, present participle of lenire, to soften, alleviate from lenis, smooth, soft, mild from Indo-European base an unverified form le?-: see late
- Inclined not to be harsh or strict; merciful or indulgent: lenient parents.
- Not harsh or strict; merciful or generous: lenient rules.
Origin of lenientObsolete French from Latin lēniēns lēnient- present participle of lēnīre to pacify from lēnis soft ; see lē- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more lenient, superlative most lenient)
From Latin lÄ“niens, present participle of lÄ“nÄ«re (“to soften, soothe"), from lÄ“nis (“soft").