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Noun: leniency  lee-nee-un(t)-see
  1. Mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant
    - lenience, mildness, lenity
  2. A disposition to yield to the wishes of someone
    "too much leniency spoils a child";
    - indulgence, lenience
  3. Lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers
    - lenience

Derived forms: leniencies

Type of: mercifulness, mercy, permissiveness, tolerance

Encyclopedia: Leniency