from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Inclined not to be harsh or strict; merciful or indulgent.
  • adjective Not harsh or strict; merciful or generous.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Softening; mitigating; assuasive.
  • Relaxing; emollient; lenitive.
  • Acting or disposed to act without rigor or severity; mild; gentle; merciful; clement.
  • Synonyms Forbearing, tender. See leniency.
  • noun An emollient; a lenitive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes followed by of.
  • adjective Mild; clement; merciful; not rigorous or severe
  • noun (Med.) A lenitive; an emollient.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Lax; tolerant of deviation; permissive; not strict.
  • noun medicine A lenitive; an emollient.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective characterized by tolerance and mercy
  • adjective tolerant or lenient
  • adjective not strict


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Obsolete French, from Latin lēniēns, lēnient-, present participle of lēnīre, to pacify, from lēnis, soft; see lē- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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


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