lenity

noun len·i·ty \ ˈle-nə-tē \

Definition of lenity

: the quality or state of being lenient : clemency

Examples of lenity in a Sentence

  1. a social critic who argues that judicial lenity is chiefly to blame for the increased criminality that plagues us

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