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leniency

[lee-nee-uh n-see, leen-yuh n-] /ˈli ni ən si, ˈlin yən-/
noun, plural leniencies.
1.
the quality or state of being lenient.
2.
a lenient act.
Also, lenience.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; leni(ent) + -ency
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  • Any lenience toward a particular diving outfit was accidental on my part.
  • Media reports suggested police had shown undue lenience towards the alleged criminals.
  • Chairman, thank you for lenience to follow up on that.
Word Origin and History for lenience
n.

1796, from lenient + -ence.

leniency

n.

1780, from lenient + -cy.

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