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Meaning of LENIENT

Pronunciation:  'leeneeunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  characterized by tolerance and mercy
  2. [adj]  not strict; "an easy teacher"; "easy standards"; "lenient rules"
  3. [adj]  tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"; "procedures are lax and discipline is weak"; "too soft on the children"

LENIENT is a 7 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: clement, easy, indulgent, lax, permissive, soft, undemanding



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Le"ni*ent\ (l[=e]"n[i^]*ent or l[=e]n"yent), a. [L.
    leniens, -entis, p. pr. of lenire to soften, fr. lenis soft,
    mild. Cf. {Lithe}.]
    1. Relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes
       followed by of. ``Lenient of grief.'' --Milton.
  2. \Le"ni*ent\, n. (Med.)
    A lenitive; an emollient.
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