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Definition of Lenient


  1. Relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes followed by of.
  2. Mild; clement; merciful; not rigorous or severe; as, a lenient disposition; a lenient judge or sentence.
  3. A lenitive; an emollient.

Lenient Quotations

My parents were pretty lenient with me. But, they gave me morality while I was growing up. They taught me the difference between right and wrong.
Mark Hoppus

When I'm not the Tiger Mom, I'm a professor at Yale Law School, and if one thing is clear to me from years of teaching, it's that there are many ways to produce fabulous kids. I have amazing students; some of them have strict parents, others have lenient parents, and many come from family situations that defy easy description.
Amy Chua

Most of the American skyjackers who fled abroad eventually elected to return to the United States, having tired of life on the lam. These homecomings typically involved prearranged surrenders to the FBI, in the hopes of earning lenient sentences.
Brendan I. Koerner

Well, I always say the law was meant to be interpreted in a lenient manner. And that's what I try to do, is sometimes I lean to one side of it, sometimes I lean to the other.
Irving Ravetch

I loved it, but social reality impeded. Now I wander in here at 9 in the morning or so, and come back for a while in the afternoon. I am a very lenient boss.
Donald E. Westlake
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Lenient Translations

lenient in Dutch is goedertieren, schappelijk, lankmoedig
lenient in French is indulgent
lenient in German is mild, nachsichtig
lenient in Italian is indulgente
lenient in Spanish is indulgente, sufrido

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