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le·ni·ent

 (lē′nē-ənt, lēn′yənt)
adj.
1. Inclined not to be harsh or strict; merciful or indulgent: lenient parents.
2. Not harsh or strict; merciful or generous: lenient rules.

[Obsolete French, from Latin lēniēns, lēnient-, present participle of lēnīre, to pacify, from lēnis, soft; see lē- in Indo-European roots.]

le′ni·ent·ly adv.

lenient

(ˈliːnɪənt)
adj
1. showing or characterized by mercy or tolerance
2. (Historical Terms) archaic caressing or soothing
[C17: from Latin lēnīre to soothe, from lēnis soft]
ˈleniency, ˈlenience n
ˈleniently adv

le•ni•ent

(ˈli ni ənt, ˈlin yənt)

adj.
1. agreeably tolerant; not strict or severe; indulgent: to be lenient toward the children.
2. Archaic.soothing.
[1645–55; < Latin lēnient-, s. of lēniēns, present participle of lēnīre to soften, alleviate. See lenis, -ent]
le′ni•en•cy, le′ni•ence, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lenient - tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; "too soft on the children"; "they are soft on crime"
permissive - granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline; "direct primary legislation is largely permissive rather than prescriptive"; "permissive parents"
2.lenient - not strict; "an easy teacher"; "easy standards"; "lenient rules"; "an easy penalty"
undemanding - requiring little if any patience or effort or skill; "the pay was adequate and the job undemanding"; "simple undemanding affection"; "an undemanding boss"
3.lenient - characterized by tolerance and mercy
clement - (used of persons or behavior) inclined to show mercy; "a more clement judge reduced the sentence"

lenient

adjective merciful, sparing, gentle, forgiving, kind, tender, mild, tolerant, compassionate, clement, indulgent, forbearing The Professor takes a slightly more lenient view.
severe, strict, harsh, stern, rigid, rigorous, stringent, merciless

lenient

adjective
Translations
مُتَساهِل، مُتَعاطِف
shovívavý
mild
lempeä
miskunnsamur, mildur
atlaidžiainegriežtas
iecietīgs

lenient

[ˈliːnɪənt] ADJ [sentence, treatment] → benévolo, poco severo; [person, attitude] → indulgente, poco severo
to be lenient with sbser indulgente or poco severo con algn

lenient

[ˈliːniənt] adjindulgent(e); [sentence] → léger/ère; [treatment] → indulgent(e); [person] → indulgent(e); [view, approach] → indulgent(e)
He received an unexpectedly lenient sentence → Il a été condamné à une peine légère contre toute attente.

lenient

adjnachsichtig (towards gegenüber); judge, attitude, treatment, sentencemilde; to be lenient with somebodymit jdm milde umgehen; to be lenient in one’s assessmentmilde urteilen

lenient

[ˈliːnɪənt] adj (person) → indulgente, clemente; (sentence, punishment) → leggero/a

lenient

(ˈliːniənt) adjective
merciful or punishing only lightly. You are much too lenient with wrongdoers.
ˈleniently adverb
ˈlenience, ˈleniency noun

lenient

a. indulgente, lenitivo-a; consentidor-a.
References in classic literature ?
You are too lenient, too lenient by far, Leonce," asserted the Colonel.
The same perplexity will invariably haunt us with regard to natures that tend to feed exclusively upon the Beautiful, let their earthly fate be as lenient as it may.
Ona was quite certain that she would find her place gone, and was all unnerved when she finally got to Brown's, and found that the forelady herself had failed to come, and was therefore compelled to be lenient.
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.
I would ask you, dearest, to be very generous with him always, and very lenient on his faults when he is not by.
Those whose extensive researches have given them the means of judging my backslidings with more severity, will probably be lenient in proportion to their knowledge of the difficulty of my task.
All that is true, Senor Don Quixote," said Carrasco; "but I wish such fault-finders were more lenient and less exacting, and did not pay so much attention to the spots on the bright sun of the work they grumble at; for if aliquando bonus dormitat Homerus, they should remember how long he remained awake to shed the light of his work with as little shade as possible; and perhaps it may be that what they find fault with may be moles, that sometimes heighten the beauty of the face that bears them; and so I say very great is the risk to which he who prints a book exposes himself, for of all impossibilities the greatest is to write one that will satisfy and please all readers.
I am afraid I have often been too indulgent, but my poor Frederica's temper could never bear opposition well: you must support and encourage me; you must urge the necessity of reproof if you see me too lenient.
If I cannot persuade you to take a lenient view of the matter, Lord St.
And you, being a good man, can pass it as such, and forgive and pity the dreamer, and be lenient and encouraging when he wakes?
Her mind made up on these several points, and her resolution formed, of always judging and acting in future with the greatest good sense, she had nothing to do but to forgive herself and be happier than ever; and the lenient hand of time did much for her by insensible gradations in the course of another day.
Masked judges and masked executioners, with unlimited power, and no appeal from their judgements, in that hard, cruel age, were not likely to be lenient with men they suspected yet could not convict.