AskDefine | Define lenience

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1 mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant [syn: leniency, mildness, lenity]
2 a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone; "too much indulgence spoils a child" [syn: indulgence, leniency]
3 lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers [syn: leniency]

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  1. 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.
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