lenience

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

Definition of lenience

Examples of lenience in a Sentence

a judge's reputation for lenience towards first-time criminals
Recent Examples on the Web One factor that could weigh against lenience was Smollett’s own testimony at trial. Jason Meisner, chicagotribune.com, 9 Mar. 2022 Arbery's parents and sister, who spoke before the sentences were handed down, asked the judge to show no lenience. NBC News, 7 Jan. 2022 During the sentencing hearing, Arbery's family had asked the judge to show no lenience in deciding whether to grant an eventual chance at parole. Russ Bynum, ajc, 7 Jan. 2022 During the sentencing hearing, Arbery’s family had asked the judge to show no lenience. Russ Bynum, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Jan. 2022 Another defense lawyer, Edwin Choy, called for lenience before the sentencing, saying Ma's slogans and chants were empty words with no great impact. NBC News, 12 Nov. 2021 Another defense lawyer, Edwin Choy, called for lenience before the sentencing, saying Ma's slogans and chants were empty words with no great impact. NBC News, 12 Nov. 2021 Another defense lawyer, Edwin Choy, called for lenience before the sentencing, saying Ma's slogans and chants were empty words with no great impact. NBC News, 12 Nov. 2021 Another defense lawyer, Edwin Choy, called for lenience before the sentencing, saying Ma's slogans and chants were empty words with no great impact. NBC News, 12 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of lenience

1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Lenience.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lenience. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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