- Lax; not strict; tolerant of dissent or deviation
- The standard is fairly lenient, so use your discretion.
- 1847 October 16, Currer Bell [pseudonym; Charlotte Brontë], chapter XVIII, in Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. […], volume (please specify |volume=I, II, or III), London: Smith, Elder, and Co., […], OCLC 3163777:
- 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.
tolerant; not strict
lenient (plural lenients)
- “lenient” in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- “lenient” in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- lenient at OneLook Dictionary Search.