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lenientadjective

uk   us   /ˈliː.ni.ənt/
C2 not as ​severe or ​strong in ​punishment or ​judgment as would be ​expected: They ​believe that ​judges are too lenient withterroristsuspects. In ​view of the ​quantity of ​drugsinvolved, 16 ​years was the most lenient sentence (= ​punishment) the ​judge could ​impose.
leniency
noun [U] uk   us   /-ən.si/
The ​defendinglawyerasked for leniency on the ​grounds of her client's ​youth.
leniently
adverb uk   us   /-li/
He said ​seniorofficialscaught in ​ethicallapses were ​treated more leniently than ​junioremployees.
(Definition of lenient from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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lenientadjective

 us   /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
noun [U]  us   /ˈlin·jən·si/
The ​defenselawyerasked for leniency for her ​youngclient.
leniently
adverb  us   /ˈlin·jənt·li/
He said ​seniorofficialscaught in ​ethicallapses were ​treated more leniently than ​junior employees.
(Definition of lenient from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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