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lenient

adjective uk   /ˈliː.ni.ənt/ us  
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.
leniency
noun [U] uk   /-ən.si/ us  
The defending lawyer asked for leniency on the grounds of her client's youth.
leniently
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
He said senior officials caught in ethical lapses were treated more leniently than junior employees.
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