Etymology
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leniency (n.)

1780, from lenient + abstract noun suffix -cy.

updated on September 25, 2017

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Definitions of leniency from WordNet

leniency (n.)
mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant;
Synonyms: lenience / mildness / lenity
leniency (n.)
a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone;
Synonyms: indulgence / lenience
leniency (n.)
lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers;
Synonyms: lenience
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