What does lenient mean?

lenient meaning in General Dictionary

A lenitive an emollient

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  • not rigid
  • tolerant or lenient
  • described as tolerance and mercy
  • Relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes accompanied by of.
  • minor; clement; merciful; perhaps not thorough or serious; as, a lenient personality; a lenient judge or sentence.
  • A lenitive; an emollient.

lenient meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1650s, "relaxing, relaxing," from center French lenient, from Latin lenientem (nominative leniens), current participle of lenire "to soften, alleviate, mitigate, allay, relaxed," from lenis "mild, mild, calm," probably from PIE root *le- "to go out of, yield, let go, slacken" (cognates: Lithuanian lenas "quiet, tranquil, tame, slow," Old Church Slavonic lena "lazy," Latin lassus "faint, weary," Old English l


lenient meaning in General Dictionary

(a.) soothing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes accompanied by of.

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  • (a.) minor; clement; merciful; maybe not thorough or serious; because, a lenient personality; a lenient judge or phrase.
  • (letter.) A lenitive; an emollient.

Sentence Examples with the word lenient

When the latter came to be made king at Shechem, the old religious centre (see Abimelech), hopes were entertained that a more lenient policy would be introduced.

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