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Definition of lenient adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

lenient

 adjective
adjective
NAmE//ˈlinyənt//
 
 
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not as strict as expected when punishing someone or when making sure that rules are obeyed a lenient sentence/fine The judge was far too lenient with him.
NAmE//ˈlinyənsi//
 
(lenience
 
)
noun [uncountable] She appealed to the judge for leniency.
 
adverb to treat someone leniently
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