An example of something that would be described as lenient is a jail sentence of one day for armed robbery.
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").