Lenient Definition

lēnē-ənt, lēnyənt
adjective
Inclined not to be harsh or strict; merciful or indulgent.
Lenient parents.
American Heritage
Not harsh or severe in disciplining, punishing, judging, etc.; mild; merciful; clement.
Webster's New World
Soothing.
Webster's New World
The definition of lenient is someone who is not strict or a punishment that is not severe.
An example of something that would be described as lenient is a jail sentence of one day for armed robbery.
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noun

(medicine) A lenitive; an emollient.

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Other Word Forms of Lenient

Noun

Singular:
lenient
Plural:
lenients

Origin of Lenient

  • Obsolete French from Latin lēniēns lēnient- present participle of lēnīre to pacify from lēnis soft lē- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin lÄ“niens, present participle of lÄ“nÄ«re (“to soften, soothe"), from lÄ“nis (“soft").

    From Wiktionary

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