In other words, Berlusconi's trivialization of the Shoah and his lenient views regarding Mussolini are not uncommon.
Romney had begun airing ads accusing Obama of being too lenient with China a few days before.
The dispute-resolution process is also too protracted, and the sanctions against offending parties too lenient.
The New York Times and The Guardian asked President Obama to be lenient on the leaker in two editorials Thursday.
This possibility must be entertained—we learned from Lionel Tate what happens when sentences for children are too lenient.
Time was when the postal authorities were lenient with publishers.
Now be lenient with me and don't get in a passion so easily, but be gentle like me.
But this time Gissing, with lenient forgiveness, pretended not to have heard.
We have perhaps been too lenient in deference to your, um, sex.
Dennis listened to her with pleasure—though he thought her too lenient—because she took the side of the oppressed.
1650s, "relaxing, soothing," from Middle French lenient, from Latin lenientem (nominative leniens), present participle 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. Lithuanian lenas "quiet, tranquil, tame, slow," Old Church Slavonic lena "lazy," Latin lassus "faint, weary," Old English læt "sluggish, slow," lætan "to leave behind"). Sense of "mild, merciful" (of persons) first recorded 1787. In earlier use was lenitive, attested from early 15c. of medicines, 1610s of persons.