Lenient meaning

lēnē-ənt, lēnyənt
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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Not harsh or strict; merciful or generous.

Lenient rules.

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(medicine) A lenitive; an emollient.
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Inclined not to be harsh or strict; merciful or indulgent.

Lenient parents.

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Not harsh or severe in disciplining, punishing, judging, etc.; mild; merciful; clement.
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Soothing.
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The standard is fairly lenient, so use your discretion.

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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