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English definition of “lenient”

lenient

adjective     /ˈliː.ni.ənt/
C2 not as severe or strong in punishment or judgment as would be expected : They believe that judges are too lenient with terrorist suspects . In view of the quantity of drugs involved , 16 years was the most lenient sentence (= punishment ) the judge could impose .Lenient and merciful leniency     /-ən.si/ noun [U] The defending lawyer asked for leniency on the grounds of her client's youth .Lenient and merciful leniently     /-li/ adverb Lenient and merciful
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