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lenity (n.)

"softness, smoothness, mildness," early 15c., from Old French lénité or directly from Latin lenitatem (nominative lenitas) "softness, smoothness, gentleness, mildness," from lenis "soft, mild" (from PIE root *‌‌lē- "to let go, slacken").

updated on January 30, 2018

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Definitions of lenity from WordNet

lenity (n.)
mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant;
Synonyms: lenience / leniency / mildness
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