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English definition of “lenient”

lenient

adjective    /ˈlin·jənt/
not as severe or strong in punishment or judgment as would be expected: Some felt that five years in prison was lenient, considering the suffering he had caused. leniency    /ˈlin·jən·si/ noun [U] The defense lawyer asked for leniency for her young client. leniently    /ˈlin·jənt·li/ adverb He said senior officials caught in ethical lapses were treated more leniently than junior employees.
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