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lenientness

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lenient \Le"ni*ent\ (l[=e]"n[i^]*ent or l[=e]n"yent), adjective [L. leniens, -entis, p. pr. of lenire to soften, fr. lenis soft, mild. Cf. {Lithe}.]

1. Relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes followed by of. "Lenient of grief." --Milton.

O?? relax the fibers, are lenient, balsamic. --Arbuthnot.

Time, that on all things lays his lenient hand. --Pope.

2. Mild; clement; merciful; not rigorous or severe; as, a lenient disposition; a lenient judge or sentence.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Lenient \Le"ni*ent\, noun (Med.) A lenitive; an emollient.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

lenient

adjective

1: tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; "too soft on the children"; "they are soft on crime" [syn: {indulgent}, {lenient}, {soft}]

2: not strict; "an easy teacher"; "easy standards"; "lenient rules"; "an easy penalty"

3: characterized by tolerance and mercy


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