lenience 1796, from LENIENT (Cf. lenient) + -ENCE (Cf. -ence).

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  • Lenience — Le ni*ence (l[=e] n[i^]*ens or l[=e]n yens; 106), Leniency Le ni*en*cy (l[=e] n[i^]*en*s[y^] or l[=e]n yen*s[y^]), n. The quality or state of being lenient; lenity; clemency. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lenience — I noun acceptance, benevolence, charity, clemency, compassion, condonation, consideration, disposition to mercy, endurance, favor, flexibility, forbearance, forgiveness, forgivingness, freedom from vindictiveness, generousness, gentleness, grace …   Law dictionary

  • lenience — noun a) Leniency: mercy or forgiveness in the assignment of punishment. There was lenience in the sentence given by the court, and he got the minimum prison time. b) A leniency: a specific act or instance of leniency …   Wiktionary

  • lenience — leniency UK [ˈliːnɪənsɪ] / US [ˈlɪnɪənsɪ] or lenience UK [ˈliːnɪəns] / US [ˈlɪnɪəns] noun [uncountable] a punishment that is not as severe as it could be …   English dictionary

  • lenience — lenient ► ADJECTIVE ▪ merciful or tolerant. DERIVATIVES lenience noun leniency noun leniently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin lenire soothe , from lenis mild, gentle …   English terms dictionary

  • lenience — noun Date: 1796 leniency …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lenience — le·ni·ence (lēʹnē əns, lēnʹyəns) n. Leniency. * * * …   Universalium

  • lenience — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun 1. Kind, forgiving, or compassionate treatment of or disposition toward others: charily, clemency, grace, leniency, lenity, mercifulness, mercy. See FORGIVENESS. 2. Forbearing or lenient treatment: charitableness,… …   English dictionary for students

  • lenience — n. laxness, looseness, permissiveness, lack of strictness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • lenience — n.; (also leniency) Clemency, mildness, lenity, mercy, tenderness, gentleness, forbearance …   New dictionary of synonyms

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