Definition of lenient in English:

lenient

Syllabification: le·ni·ent
Pronunciation: /ˈlēnēənt, ˈlēnyənt
 
/

adjective

  • 2 archaic Emollient.

Derivatives

leniently

adverb
More example sentences
  • However, Kansas law treats underage heterosexual sex more leniently than underage homosexual sex.
  • Technically he is out of the 2001 championship, but he is likely to be treated leniently by the Executive at tonight's meeting.
  • The speed limit is generally leniently enforced, and pilots are often allowed to travel faster to relieve possible congestion on runways.

Origin

mid 17th century (in sense 2): from Latin lenient- 'soothing', from the verb lenire, from lenis 'mild, gentle'.

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