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[lee-nee-uh n-see, leen-yuh n-] /ˈli ni ən si, ˈlin yən-/
noun, plural leniencies.
the quality or state of being lenient.
a lenient act.
Also, lenience.
Origin of leniency
1770-80; leni(ent) + -ency Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • The ministerial group was convened in response to popular anger at the perceived leniency of the sentences.
  • These frameworks allow casual programming and much more leniency.
  • Cord's plea was made in exchange for the state's recommendation for leniency and a promise to drop three related charges.
  • His leniency will be of only marginal solace for the industry.
  • He is cooperating with prosecutors in a bid for leniency at sentencing.
  • leniency in matters of inflation only makes things worse.
Word Origin and History for leniency

1780, from lenient + -cy.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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