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leniency

noun le·nien·cy \ˈlē-nē-ən(t)-sē, -nyən(t)-sē\
plural le·nien·cies

Definition of LENIENCY

1
:  the quality or state of being lenient
2
:  a lenient disposition or practice

Examples of LENIENCY

  1. <the defense requested leniency in light of their client's lack of a prior criminal record>

First Known Use of LENIENCY

1753

Synonym Discussion of LENIENCY

mercy, charity, clemency, grace, leniency mean a disposition to show kindness or compassion. mercy implies compassion that forbears punishing even when justice demands it <threw himself on the mercy of the court>. charity stresses benevolence and goodwill shown in broad understanding and tolerance of others <show a little charity for the less fortunate>. clemency implies a mild or merciful disposition in one having the power or duty of punishing <the judge refused to show clemency>. grace implies a benign attitude and a willingness to grant favors or make concessions <by the grace of God>. leniency implies lack of severity in punishing <criticized the courts for excessive leniency>.

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