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. [1913 Webster]

O?? relax the fibers, are lenient, balsamic. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

Time, that on all things lays his lenient hand. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

2. Mild; clement; merciful; not rigorous or severe; as, a lenient disposition; a lenient judge or sentence. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • 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.… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • 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 …   Thesaurus of popular words

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