from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The condition or quality of being lenient; leniency. See Synonyms at mercy.
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- n. leniency
- n. mercy
- n. forgiveness
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or quality of being lenient; mildness of temper or disposition; gentleness of treatment; softness; tenderness; clemency; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Mildness of temper; softness; tenderness; mercy.
- n. See leniency.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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)