lenient

  • 1 Lenient — Le ni*ent (l[=e] n[i^]*ent or l[=e]n yent), a. [L. leniens, entis, p. pr. of lenire to soften, fr. lenis soft, mild. Cf. {Lithe}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; sometimes followed by of. Lenient of grief. Milton.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 lenient — (adj.) 1650s, relaxing, soothing, from M.Fr. lenient, from L. lenientem (nom. leniens), prp. of lenire to soften, alleviate, mitigate, allay, calm, from lenis mild, gentle, calm, probably from PIE root *le to leave, yield, let go, slacken (Cf.… …

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  • 3 Lenient — Le ni*ent, n. (Med.) A lenitive; an emollient. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 Lenient — (spr. löniang), Charles, franz. Literarhistoriker, geb. 1825 in Provins (Seine et Marne), seit 1865 Professor der französischen Dichtkunst an der Pariser Sorbonne. Er veröffentlichte: »La satire en France an moyen âge« (1859, 4. Aufl. 1893; von… …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 5 lenient — I noun allowing, benevolent, charitable, clemens, clement, compassionate, condoning, considerate, easy, easygoing, enduring, exorable, favoring, forbearing, forgiving, free from vindictiveness, generous, gentle, humane, humoring, indulgent,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 6 lenient — 1 *soft, gentle, smooth, mild, bland, balmy Analogous words: assuaging, alleviating, relieving (see RELIEVE): grateful, agreeable, welcome, gratifying, pleasing, *pleasant Antonyms: caustic Contrasted words: harsh, *rough 2 indulgent, merciful,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 7 lenient — [adj] permissive allowing, amiable, assuaging, assuasive, being big*, benign, benignant, charitable, clement, compassionate, complaisant, compliant, condoning, easy, easygoing, emollient, excusing, favoring, forbearing, forgiving, gentle, going… …

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  • 8 lenient — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ merciful or tolerant. DERIVATIVES lenience noun leniency noun leniently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin lenire soothe , from lenis mild, gentle …

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  • 9 lenient — [lēn′yənt, lē′nē ənt] adj. [L leniens, prp. of lenire, to soften, alleviate < lenis, smooth, soft, mild < IE base * leī : see LATE] 1. not harsh or severe in disciplining, punishing, judging, etc.; mild; merciful; clement 2. Archaic… …

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  • 10 lenient — 01. I think his parents are too [lenient]! He gets into all kinds of trouble, and they never do anything about it. 02. The suspect s lawyer asked the judge for [leniency] in sentencing because it was his first offence. 03. I don t think it is… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 11 lenient — adjective Brother Andrew was a lenient teacher Syn: merciful, clement, forgiving, forbearing, tolerant, charitable, humane, indulgent, easygoing, magnanimous, sympathetic, compassionate, mild See note at mercy Ant …

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  • 12 lenient — le|ni|ent [ liniənt ] adjective if a person or system is lenient, they punish someone less severely than they could: lenient with: The judge was lenient with her as this was her first offence. a. used about the punishment itself: The prosecution… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 13 lenient — UK [ˈliːnɪənt] / US [ˈlɪnɪənt] adjective a) if a person or system is lenient, they punish someone less severely than they could lenient with: The judge was lenient with her as this was her first offence. b) used about the punishment itself The… …

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  • 14 lenient — leniently, adv. /lee nee euhnt, leen yeuhnt/, adj. 1. agreeably tolerant; permissive; indulgent: He tended to be lenient toward the children. More lenient laws encouraged greater freedom of expression. 2. Archaic. softening, soothing, or… …

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  • 15 lenient — adj. VERBS ▪ be ▪ become ADVERB ▪ extremely, fairly, very, etc. ▪ unduly …

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  • 16 lenient — [[t]li͟ːniənt[/t]] ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ with n When someone in authority is lenient, they are not as strict or severe as expected. He believes the government already is lenient with drug traffickers... Professor Oswald takes a sightly more lenient …

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  • 17 lenient — adj. lenient towards, with * * * [ liːnɪənt] with lenient towards …

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  • 18 lenient — le|ni|ent [ˈli:niənt] adj [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , present participle of lenire to soften ] not strict in the way you punish someone or in the standard you expect ▪ the lenient sentences handed down by some judges ▪ School examiners… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 19 lenient — adjective not strict in the way you punish someone or control their behaviour: Judges have been accused of being far too lenient in rape cases. | a very lenient sentence leniently adverb leniency also lenience noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 lenient — le•ni•ent [[t]ˈli ni ənt, ˈlin yənt[/t]] adj. 1) agreeably tolerant; not strict or severe; indulgent: to be lenient toward the children[/ex] 2) archaic soothing • Etymology: 1645–55; < L lēnient , s. of lēniēns, prp. of lēnīre to soften,… …

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