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Definition less strict or more tolerant than might be expected
  • The rules are strict, but the enforcement is lenient.
lenient = not strict (forgiving)
  • Her parents were too lenient.
  • lenient = not strict
  • Let the boys learn that leniency comes from their toon leaders, and harshness from their commander.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • leniency = lack of strictness
  • They are fools, and young, and I have been too lenient with them.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • lenient = tolerant (not strict)
  • One officer, upon learning that another guard had shown leniency to captives, assaulted the guard with a sword.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • leniency = less strictness than would be expected
  • But in other points, as well as this, I was growing very lenient to my master: I was forgetting all his faults, for which I had once kept a sharp look-out.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • lenient = tolerant or forgiving
  • That he would be leniently treated, I could not hope.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • leniently = with a lack of strictness
  • But what if, because of some unknown leniency in Redd, she did allow them to live?
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • leniency = more tolerance than would be expected
  • Hanna felt squirmy; her mom was usually really lenient, but then, Hanna had never been taken downtown and had the book thrown at her or whatever.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • lenient = not strict
  • Then maybe I would have found some leniency.
    Suzanne Collins  --  The Hunger Games
  • leniency = less strictness (more forgiveness)
  • A certain Mr. Beaverbrook often talks on the English radio about what he considers to be the far too lenient bombardment of Germany.
    Anne Frank  --  The Diary of a Young Girl
  • lenient = lacking harshness
  • They assumed you were more likely to be lenient with people you knew.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Selection
  • lenient = less strict or more tolerant than might be expected
  • She most often got them leniency, and they always brought in the vote.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • leniency = lack of strictness
  • And I intend no disrespect when I say this, I want you to know, but I have certain... reservations... about the way your parents—Allah, forgive them and grant them a place in paradise—about their, well, their leniency with you.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns
  • leniency = lack of strictness
  • 'His father died in debt,' he said; 'the whole property is mortgaged, and the sole chance for the natural heir is to allow him an opportunity of creating some interest in the creditor's heart, that he may be inclined to deal leniently towards him.'
    Emily Bronte  --  Wuthering Heights
  • leniently = without strictness
  • I grant you a leniency that others don't enjoy.
    Frank Beddor  --  The Looking Glass Wars
  • leniency = less strictness or more tolerance than might be expected
  • Half an hour for breakfast, and no shower after a battle—it was still stingy, but it would look lenient compared to fifteen minutes.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender's Game
  • lenient = not strict
  • 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

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