• WordNet 3.6
    • adj lenient characterized by tolerance and mercy
    • adj lenient not strict "an easy teacher","easy standards","lenient rules","an easy penalty"
    • adj lenient tolerant or lenient "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children","too soft on the children","they are soft on crime"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Lenient (Med) A lenitive; an emollient.
    • Lenient Mild; clement; merciful; not rigorous or severe; as, a lenient disposition; a lenient judge or sentence.
    • Lenient Relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes followed by of. "Lenient of grief.""Oils relax the fibers, are lenient , balsamic.""Time, that on all things lays his lenient hand."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lenient Softening; mitigating; assuasive.
    • lenient Relaxing; emollient; lenitive.
    • lenient Acting or disposed to act without rigor or severity; mild; gentle; merciful; clement.
    • lenient Synonyms Forbearing, tender. See leniency.
    • n lenient An emollient; a lenitive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lenient lē′ni-ent softening: mild: merciful
    • n Lenient (med.) that which softens: an emollient
    • n Lenient any palliative:
    • n Lenient (med.) an application for easing pain: a mild purgative
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  • Dr. Alsaker
    Dr. Alsaker
    “We should be lenient in our judgment, because often the mistakes of others would have been ours had we had the opportunity to make them.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. leniens, -entis, p. pr. of lenire, to soften, fr. lenis, soft, mild. Cf. Lithe


In literature:

Having one man to hang he could afford to be lenient with another.
"The Master of Appleby" by Francis Lynde
Surely you are careless enough about your own to be lenient with another choosing to forget.
"Prisoners of Chance" by Randall Parrish
He believed in youth and love; the laws of the state were lenient.
"Contrary Mary" by Temple Bailey
People have been so kind to me that I must suppose them to have judged me more leniently than I have judged myself.
"Phineas Finn" by Anthony Trollope
Even our earthly courts are lenient toward first offenders.
"The Danger Mark" by Robert W. Chambers
He was wise in his dealings with men, knowing when to be stern and when to be lenient.
"Hebrew Life and Times" by Harold B. Hunting
Evidently they thought she was too lenient.
"Prudence of the Parsonage" by Ethel Hueston
A judge is always lenient when he tries his own case.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Over here they were very far from home, and it was natural that Elsa should view her conduct leniently.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
We really have a cook at last, and I feel more lenient toward you, Archie.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume I. (of X.)" by Various

In poetry:

With lenient balm may Oberon hence
To fairy land be driven,
With every herb that blunts the sense
Mankind received from heaven.
"Addressed To Miss Macartney, Afterwards Mrs. Greville, On Reading The Prayer For Indifference" by William Cowper
Nursed in the shades by Freedom's lenient care,
Shall I the rigid sway of Fortune own?
Taught by the voice of pious Truth, prepare
To spurn an altar, and adore a throne?
"Elegy VII. He Describes His Vision to An Acquaintance" by William Shenstone
AH! LUST'ROUS GEM, bright emblem of the Heart,
That nobly scorns a borrow'd ray to share,
Whose gentle pow'r can break the spells of care,
And sooth, with lenient balm, the keenest smart.
"Sonnet -- The Tear" by Mary Darby Robinson
But the old guitar, with a lenient grace,
Has cherished a smile for me;
And its features hint of a fairer face
That comes with a memory
Of a flower-and-perfume-haunted place
And a moonlit balcony.
"The Old Guitar" by James Whitcomb Riley
Thus SYMPATHY, with lenient pow'r,
Shall bid thy fading charms bestow
Soft odours for life's happy hour,
Kind, healing balsam for its woe! If such thy virtues, ROSE DIVINE! OH ! MAY THY ENVIED FATE BE MINE.
"Stanzas to the Rose" by Mary Darby Robinson
But you have music in your shuffling feet,
And spirituals for a lenient Lord,
Who lets you sing your promises away.
You hold your sunny corner of the street,
And pluck deep beauty from a banjo chord:
Philosopher whose future is today!
"Modern philosopher" by DuBose Heyward

In news:

Wisconsin Sours on Lenient Drunken-Driving Laws.
Federal Judges Can Be More Lenient in Sentencing Drug (and other) Crimes.
All Blogs Free For All This Just In: Federal Judges Can Be More Lenient in Sentencing Drug (and other) Crimes.
States Are Growing More Lenient in Allowing Felons to Vote.
Utah lenient when it comes to former prisoners voting.
Now, even Republicans like Grover Norquist back a ballot measure to make it more lenient.
Garbus herself is lenient about this distinction, but the wacky lettering hints importantly at the ambitions of the Oakland artist's work: tUnE-yArDs leaps out from the order of a normal sentence.
An Orange County judge recommitted Chapel Hill shooter Wendell Williamson to a Butner hospital for another year but granted him more lenient off-campus privileges.
They bound his hands with masking tape after his abduction but later became lenient, even sharing cigarettes with their captive , who was not previously a smoker, his father said.
) suggested in an interview that black voters are more lenient when it comes to evaluating President Obama's policies because he is also black.
The 2nd Circuit makes life easier for companies by introducing a more lenient approach to discovery sanctions.
Federal education officials have rejected Pennsylvania's request to measure charter school achievement using more lenient criteria.
Last fall, The Boston Globe released a misleading Spotlight Team series alleging that Massachusetts' trial judges are excessively lenient on drunk drivers.
WEST SPRINGFIELD — The Conservation Commission is trying to be lenient, but the state is threatening to play hardball over permits for the Route 20 CSX bridge project.
The UK is considering mimicking key provisions of the US JOBS Act, including offering more lenient rules on IPOs.

In science:

Now, after first trivially checking that the skeleton σ lies in C , we look at all the expressions of each β ∈ B as lenient inflations of σ .
A Survey of Simple Permutations
The process will however be lenient to reviewers as long as the chairs are notified in advance.
A Revised Publication Model for ECML PKDD
This occurred with fairly lenient error tolerances on our MAC and no tuning of the code to address this problem.
SNSPH: A Parallel 3-D Smoothed Particle Radiation Hydrodynamics Code
The lack of angular momentum conservation is a result of the distortion in the stars coupled to the lenient tolerances on the MAC (leading to growing errors in the gravitational acceleration). A circular orbit initial condition, or more stringent MAC tolerances could reduce this error.
SNSPH: A Parallel 3-D Smoothed Particle Radiation Hydrodynamics Code
However, by comparing fig. 3 with fig. 2, it is apparent that in this context the L –test is the more stringent of the two, while the R –test remains quite lenient, at least given the current experimental error on δ(g − 2)µ , b → sγ .
Are BR(b->s gamma) and (g-2)_muon consistent within the Constrained MSSM?