The definition of lenient is someone who is not strict or a punishment that is not severe.adjective
An example of something that would be described as lenient is a jail sentence of one day for armed robbery.YourDictionary definition and usage example. Copyright © 2013 by LoveToKnow Corp.
- not harsh or severe in disciplining, punishing, judging, etc.; mild; merciful; clement
- Archaic soothing
Origin: L leniens, prp. of lenire, to soften, alleviate < lenis, smooth, soft, mild < IE base *leī-: see late
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Origin: Obsolete French, from Latin lēniēns, lēnient-, present participle of lēnīre, to pacify, from lēnis, soft; see lē- in Indo-European roots.
- leˈni·ent·ly adverb