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lenient

[lee-nee-uh nt, leen-yuh nt] /ˈli ni ənt, ˈlin yənt/
adjective
1.
agreeably tolerant; permissive; indulgent:
He tended to be lenient toward the children. More lenient laws encouraged greater freedom of expression.
2.
Archaic. softening, soothing, or alleviative.
Origin
1645-1655
1645-55; < Latin lēnient- (stem of lēniēns), present participle of lēnīre to soften, alleviate, soothe. See lenis, -ent
Related forms
leniently, adverb
superlenient, adjective
superleniently, adverb
unlenient, adjective
unleniently, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for superlenient

lenient

/ˈliːnɪənt/
adjective
1.
showing or characterized by mercy or tolerance
2.
(archaic) caressing or soothing
Derived Forms
leniency, lenience, noun
leniently, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lēnīre to soothe, from lēnis soft
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Word Origin and History for superlenient

lenient

adj.

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.

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