Lenity meaning

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A lenient act.
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The condition or quality of being lenient; leniency.
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The quality or condition of being lenient; mildness; gentleness; mercifulness.
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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.

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Origin of lenity

  • Latin lēnitās from lēnis soft lē- in Indo-European roots

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