le·​nience | \ ˈlē-nyən(t)s How to pronounce lenience (audio) , -nē-ən(t)s\

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a judge's reputation for lenience towards first-time criminals

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And whereas mental illness may sometimes be a mitigating factor in sentencing, even when a person is responsible for a crime, Carro decided Ortega’s resistance to treatment and unwillingness to admit culpability render her undeserving of lenience. Maureen O'connor, The Cut, "Sentenced to Life in Prison, the Nanny Sobs (for Herself)," 14 May 2018 There is no such lenience for black and brown people. Lara Witt, Teen Vogue, "Why Are People Afraid to Call the Austin Bomber a Terrorist?," 22 Mar. 2018 Critics have suggested the program led to lenience for Cruz, but the superintendent said Wednesday that the suspect was never was part of the program. Kelli Kennedy, Washington Post, "Hugs, tears and police: High school reopens after shooting," 28 Feb. 2018 Perhaps some degree of lenience is coming from the NCAA given the breadth of parties involved. Jeremy Woo, SI.com, "With Sean Miller and Arizona at the Center, College Hoops Scandal Hits New Level of Volatility," 25 Feb. 2018 Debby Ryan views this lenience as a problem in of itself. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Debby Ryan Responds to Logan Paul Video Controversy on Instagram," 9 Jan. 2018 Friends and family testified on Hafter’s behalf, urging lenience. Philly.com, "Ex-Pa. Treasurer sentenced to probation for lying to feds," 31 Oct. 2017 When the apology tours and pleas for lenience begin in earnest, feel free to ignore them. Jay Willis, GQ, "Rex Tillerson Forced to Apologize for Factually Correct Statement About Donald Trump," 4 Oct. 2017 There’s a rich intellectual strain that argues that acts of civil disobedience, like tearing down statues that commemorate treasonous, white supremacist revolts against the United States government, deserve lenience. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "What's the Right Punishment for Tearing Down a Confederate Monument?," 17 Sep. 2017

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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a strong desire or propensity

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