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LENIENT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does lenient mean? 

LENIENT (adjective)
  The adjective LENIENT has 3 senses:

1. tolerant or lenient
2. not strict
3. characterized by tolerance and mercy

  Familiarity information: LENIENT used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


LENIENT (adjective)


Sense 1lenient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Tolerant or lenient

Synonyms:

lenient; indulgent; soft

Context examples:

indulgent parents risk spoiling their children / too soft on the children / they are soft on crime

Similar:

permissive (granting or inclined or able to grant permission; not strict in discipline)


Sense 2lenient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not strict

Synonyms:

lenient; easy

Context examples:

an easy teacher / easy standards / lenient rules / an easy penalty

Similar:

undemanding (not demanding; requiring little if any patience or effort or skill)


Sense 3lenient [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characterized by tolerance and mercy

Similar:

clement ((used of persons or behavior) inclined to show mercy)


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