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Definition less strict or more tolerant than might be expected
  • And you, being a good man, can pass it as such, and forgive and pity the dreamer, and be lenient and encouraging when he wakes?
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • I'm not asking for acquittal, or even leniency, but I am asking for fairness.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • Your case is cut and dried and there is no question of leniency.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • That he would be leniently treated, I could not hope.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • They would be lenient— "I can never come back to the Clave," he said with a hard satisfaction.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • Just now, though, you are in need of some of that leniency, it seems to me.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • The next day, some said it was God, punishing the town for its leniency.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • I will, however, recommend leniency on the charges of possession and intent to distribute.
    J.D. Robb  --  Immortal in Death
  • The judges of the dead wouldn't be lenient to her a second time.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Son of Neptune
  • Be not always strict, nor yet always lenient, but observe a mean between these two extremes, for in that is the aim of wisdom.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Assuming an aggressive, sneering manner that seemed forced, for really he is a mild and lenient man, Smith asked the witness if he had a nickname.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • But you didn't even stand up and ask us for a lenient sentence.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • If I cannot persuade you to take a lenient view of the matter, Lord St. Simon, I have brought an advocate here who may be more successful.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • I grant you a leniency that others don't enjoy.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • She had offered them rewards, promised leniency, honors, gold, positions at court.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • After each session, Santiclo is supposed to collect them, but he's pretty lenient with us.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Break curfew again and we won't be so lenient!
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • It matters little now, except as it may dispose you to think more leniently of his errors.'
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • He has given us two weeks' time in which to go, which is lenient.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Moreover, recent disorders showed that Authority had been too lenient.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

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