Lenity is defined as being merciful or easy-going about rules and punishments.
An example of lenity is the environment of a school that doesn’t focus on punishing children for their behavior.
- the quality or condition of being lenient; mildness; gentleness; mercifulness
- pl. -·ties a lenient act
Origin of lenityOld French lenité from Classical Latin lenitas from lenis, mild: see lenient
The condition or quality of being lenient; leniency: “His Majesty gave many marks of his great lenity, often … endeavoring to extenuate your crimes” ( Jonathan Swift )
Origin of lenityLatin lēnitās from lēnis soft ; see lē- in Indo-European roots.