American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Inclined not to be harsh or strict; merciful, generous, or indulgent: lenient parents; lenient rules.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Softening; mitigating; assuasive.
- Relaxing; emollient; lenitive.
- Acting or disposed to act without rigor or severity; mild; gentle; merciful; clement.
- Synonyms Forbearing, tender. See leniency.
- n. An emollient; a lenitive.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes followed by
- adj. Mild; clement; merciful; not rigorous or severe
- n. (Med.) A lenitive; an emollient.
- adj. characterized by tolerance and mercy
- adj. tolerant or lenient
- adj. not strict
- From Latin lēniens, present participle of lēnīre ("to soften, soothe"), from lēnis ("soft"). (Wiktionary)
- Obsolete French, from Latin lēniēns, lēnient-, present participle of lēnīre, to pacify, from lēnis, soft; see lē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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