American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The condition or quality of being lenient; leniency. See Synonyms at mercy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The state or quality of being lenient; mildness of temper or disposition; gentleness of treatment; softness; tenderness; clemency; -- opposed to
- n. mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant
- Latin lēnitās, from lēnis, soft; see lē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And here I must observe, that the Americans can no longer anticipate lenity from the English traveller, as latterly they have so deeply committed themselves.”
“But as Demeo told him, tu illum corrumpi sinis, your lenity will be his undoing, praevidere videor jam diem, illum, quum hic egens profugiet aliquo militatum, I foresee his ruin.”
“The man who was in the last degree amiable was to the last degree unyielding where conscience was concerned; the soul which was so tender had no weakness in it; his lenity was the divination of a finer justice.”
“The colored teachers who present themselves are examined with a great deal of "lenity," -- and some who cannot even spell, are placed in charge of the young.”
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“It is even good policy to treat prisoners with the greatest lenity which is consistent with their safe-keeping.”
“The opposite of secret laws is openly specified, written down laws, and a strong form of that, which subsumes e.g. the rule of lenity and the prohibition on ambiguous criminal laws, is something like: nobody should be convicted of a crime unless it was unambiguously written in a law, which they could (at least in theory) read, that their behavior was criminal.”
“Despite the conclusions of other courts, the district court determined that, given those statutory construction arguments and the rule of lenity (since the CFAA is also a criminal statute), “authorization” is not exceeded just because the employee breaches her duty of loyalty to an employer.”
“Director's Favorite Line: "When lenity and cruelty play for a kingdom, the gentler gamester is the soonest winner.”
“Justice Ginsburg rightly described this as overbroad, and she cited Court precedent that "ambiguity concerning the ambit of criminal statutes should be resolved in favor of lenity.”
“The opposite of secret laws is openly specified, written down laws, and a strong form of that, which subsumes e.g. the rule of lenity and the prohibition on ambiguous criminal laws, is something like: nobody should be convicted of a crime unless it was unambiguously written in a law, which they could at least in theory read, that their behavior was criminal.”
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