lenity
noun Date: 1548 the quality or state of being lenient ; clemency

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  • Lenity — Len i*ty ( t[y^]), n. [L. lenitas, fr. lenis soft, mild: cf. OF. lenit[ e]. See {Lenient}.] The state or quality of being lenient; mildness of temper or disposition; gentleness of treatment; softness; tenderness; clemency; opposed to {severity}… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lenity — index clemency, humanity (humaneness), indulgence, lenience, moderation, pity Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton …   Law dictionary

  • lenity — softness, early 15c., from M.Fr. lénité or directly from L. lenitatem (nom. lenitas), from lenis soft, mild (see LENIENT (Cf. lenient)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • lenity — clemency, *mercy, charity, grace Analogous words: leniency, indulgence, clemency, mercifulness, forbearance, tolerance (see under FORBEARING): benignity, benignancy, kindliness, kindness (see corresponding adjectives at KIND): compassionateness… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lenity — [len′ətē] n. [OFr lenité < L lenitas < lenis, mild: see LENIENT] 1. the quality or condition of being lenient; mildness; gentleness; mercifulness 2. pl. lenities a lenient act SYN. MERCY …   English World dictionary

  • Lenity — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Lenity >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 lenity lenity lenience leniency Sgm: N 1 moderation moderation &c. 174 Sgm: N 1 tolerance tolerance toleration Sgm: N 1 mildness mildness gentleness …   English dictionary for students

  • lenity — /len i tee/, n., pl. lenities. 1. the quality or state of being mild or gentle, as toward others. 2. a lenient act. [1540 50; < L lenitas. See LENIS, TY2] * * * …   Universalium

  • lenity — noun a) leniency b) mercy …   Wiktionary

  • lenity — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. Kind, forgiving, or compassionate treatment of or disposition toward others: charity, clemency, grace, lenience, leniency, mercifulness, mercy. See FORGIVENESS. 2. Forbearing or lenient treatment: charitableness,… …   English dictionary for students

  • lenity — n. softness, gentleness; mercifulness …   English contemporary dictionary

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