leniency

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

Definition of leniency

plural

leniencies

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of beinglenient the leniency of the punishment

  2. 2 :  a lenient disposition or practice The prisoner asked the judge for leniency.

Examples of leniency in a sentence

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

1753

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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