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English definition of “lenient”

lenient

adjective  /ˈlin·jənt/ us  
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
noun [U]  /ˈlin·jən·si/ us  
The defense lawyer asked for leniency for her young client.
leniently
adverb  /ˈlin·jənt·li/ us  
He said senior officials caught in ethical lapses were treated more leniently than junior employees.
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