• WordNet 3.6
    • n leniency lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers
    • n leniency a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone "too much indulgence spoils a child"
    • n leniency mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Leniency The quality or state of being lenient; lenity; clemency.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n leniency The quality of being lenient; mildness; gentleness; lenity.
    • n leniency Synonyms Leniency, Lenity, Clemency, Mercy; humanity, tenderness, forbearance. Clemency is exercised only toward offenders, being especially the attribute of those in exalted places having power to remit or lighten penalty. Leniency, as a word, is much more common and expressive than lenity; leniency or lenity may be practised by any one having authority to lighten or remit penalty or to excuse from tasks: as, the leniency of a judge, a parent, or a teacher. Mercy has a twofold use, expressing clemency toward offenders or great kindness toward the distressed; in either sense it is a strong word.
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  • Freda Adler
    Freda Adler
    “There is another side to chivalry. If it dispenses leniency, it may with equal justification invoke control.”
  • Proverb
    “In times of trouble leniency becomes crime.”
  • George Washington
    “Lenience will operate with greater force, in some instances than rigor. It is therefore my first wish to have all of my conduct distinguished by it.”


In literature:

A simultaneous military mutiny at Vendome was treated with like leniency.
"A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year" by Edwin Emerson
Never had she possessed more sweetness, more leniency.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
His leniency was as ill-timed as his previous severity.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 07" by Various
Emboldened by the leniency of their superiors, Negroes have become unbearable.
"Hanover; Or The Persecution of the Lowly" by David Bryant Fulton
Leniency, indeed, of any kind he simply regards as weakness.
"Gipsy Life being an account of our Gipsies and their children" by George Smith
The strange leniency of Ianito in permitting them to remain together was the topic of the day.
"The Copper-Clad World" by Harl Vincent
The rumor says that Seward is for leniency, and goes hand in hand with Scott.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
Any inducement to leniency was overruled when Barbara succumbed to an attack of pleurisy.
"The Education of Eric Lane" by Stephen McKenna
He owed it to them to show no leniency to Jud Brumble.
"David Dunne" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
The scholar was surprised that Don Quixote permitted his servant to talk to him in this way, but ascribed his lenience to the good mood he was in.
"The Story of Don Quixote" by Arvid Paulson, Clayton Edwards, and Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

In news:

George Huguely's family asks for leniency.
CLEVELAN D (AP) — No deal has been struck for leniency for a teenager convicted in a deadly plot to lure men with phony Craigslist job offers, Ohio's attorney general said Thursday.
Judge Denies Leniency for Murder Co-Defendant .
Defense to seek leniency in Houston day care fire.
HOUSTON (AP) — Defense attorneys are arguing for leniency in the punishment of a Houston woman convicted of murder in a fire at her home day care that killed four children.
Cold Temps Mean More Leniency At Homeless Shelters.
Annan, Gates Seek Leniency for Gupta for Rajaratnam Tips.
No leniency for mom who glued tot's hands to wall.
Does she deserve leniency .
Bill Gates, Annan Urge Leniency for Inside Trader Gupta.
Sister asks for leniency for Dallas mother who glued 2-year-old daughter to wall, beat her.
Sister seeks leniency for mom in glued hands case.
Mom seeks leniency for woman who glued kid's hands.
1. some cases must be treated with special leniency.
Singer asks for leniency at Russian rockers trial.

In science:

Still, even with the lenience of all these properties, the inferential statements resulting from the procedure are absolutely classical and rigorous, requiring no new definitions of error rates but only the classical concept of simultaneous confidence sets.
Multiple Testing for Exploratory Research