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EtymologyEdit

From Middle French lénient, from Latin lēniens, present participle of lēnīre (to soften, soothe), from lēnis (soft).

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  • IPA(key): /ˈliːni.ənt/
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lenient (comparative more lenient, superlative most lenient)

  1. Lax; not strict; tolerant of dissent or deviation
    The standard is fairly lenient, so use your discretion.
    • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Chapter XVIII
      But in other points, as well as this, I was growing very lenient to my master; I was forgetting all his faults, for which I had once kept a sharp look-out. It had formerly been my endeavour to study all sides of his character; to take the bad with the good; and from the just weighing of both, to form an equitable judgment. Now I saw no bad.

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lenient (plural lenients)

  1. (medicine) A lenitive; an emollient.

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