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

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Examples of lenience in a Sentence

a judge's reputation for lenience towards first-time criminals
Recent Examples on the Web This lenience has shifted the burden to cities and counties that are struggling to get businesses to comply with COVID-19 measures. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: Has California been too lax?," 22 Dec. 2020 Three co-defendants, all of whom were offered lenience by Bissell in exchange for cooperation, recanted their testimony incriminating Wright. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Man who got own conviction overturned while imprisoned announces NYC mayoral candidacy," 7 Dec. 2020 There’s some lenience for an offseason completely thrown off by the pandemic and a season-opener without All-American CB Derek Stingley Jr., who spent the previous night in a hospital with a non-COVID illness. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "5 burning questions and a prediction with an LSU writer," 30 Oct. 2020 In 2018, Amazon warehouse workers in Minnesota organized and rallied to demand more lenience during the Ramadan fast, which that year overlapped with the lead-up to Prime Day. Josh Eidelson, Bloomberg.com, "Amazon Workers Say Prime Day Rush Breaks Virus Safety Vows," 14 Oct. 2020 Despite greater lenience in state guidelines, which allowed a pair of major museums in Houston to reopen, Dallas County has advised against visiting museums and similar venues for now. Michael Granberry, Dallas News, "The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum cancels July reopening, as coronavirus cases rise," 26 June 2020 Their presence in the Columbia, Willamette and other major rivers in recent years spawned federal legislation as Oregon and Washington succeeded in pushing for more lenience to kill more of the mammals to protect endangered fish. oregonlive, "‘It just kept moving:’ Sea lion that wandered into Cowlitz County hills trapped after long standoff," 25 Feb. 2020 That could lead to more lenience from a judge at sentencing. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Former Baltimore Mayor Pugh arrives at court to face fraud, tax charges in ‘Healthy Holly’ case; plea possible," 21 Nov. 2019 But every franchise has its threshold for lenience and embarrassment, and two in the last six months reached theirs with Brown. Ben Shpigel, New York Times, "For Antonio Brown, a Rape Accusation Raises a Question of Privilege in the N.F.L.," 11 Sep. 2019

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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 6 Mar. 2021.

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