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Friday, March 08, 2002

Definitions for lenity

  1. The state or quality of being lenient; mildness; gentleness of treatment; leniency.

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Citations for lenity
The criminal suspect is pressured by remorse or hope of lenity or sheer despair to fess up. Richard A. Posner, The New Republic
In this context, severity is justice, lenity injustice. Dr Anthony Daniels, Sunday Telegraph
Origin of lenity
1540-1550
Lenity comes from Latin lenitas, from lenis, "soft, mild."