A lenitive an emollient
- 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.
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
(a.) soothing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes accompanied by of.
- (a.) minor; clement; merciful; maybe not thorough or serious; because, a lenient personality; a lenient judge or phrase.
- (letter.) A lenitive; an emollient.
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.