• Lenient

    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈliːniənt/

    Origin

    From Latin lēniens, present participle of lēnīre ("to soften, soothe"), from lēnis ("soft").

    Full definition of lenient

    Adjective

    lenient

    1. Lax; tolerant of deviation; permissive; not strict.The standard is fairly lenient, so use your discretion.
      • 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Chapter XVIIIBut in other points, as well as this, I was growing very lenient to my master; I was forgetting all his faults, for which I had once kept a sharp look-out. It had formerly been my endeavour to study all sides of his character; to take the bad with the good; and from the just weighing of both, to form an equitable judgment. Now I saw no bad.

    Synonyms

    Noun

    lenient

    (plural lenients)
    1. (medicine) A lenitive; an emollient.
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