leniency

[lee-nee-uhn-see, leen-yuhn-]
noun, plural leniencies.
1.
the quality or state of being lenient.
2.
a lenient act.
Also, lenience.


Origin:
1770–80; leni(ent) + -ency

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lenient (ˈliːnɪənt)
 
adj
1.  showing or characterized by mercy or tolerance
2.  archaic caressing or soothing
 
[C17: from Latin lēnīre to soothe, from lēnis soft]
 
'leniency
 
n
 
'lenience
 
n
 
'leniently
 
adv

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leniency
1780, from lenient.
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Example sentences
Leniency figures in, too, in that it affirms their position at the center of
  the universe.
There are those who oppose the progression toward leniency.
As a practical matter, however, the department has often shown leniency in such
  cases.
There is a problem with such exaggerated leniency and rationalization.
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