lenient lenient  /ˈli ni ənt/


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


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  1. The Plan of Return also represents a sea change in the Spanish government's once famously lenient immigration policies.
  2. But professional opinion is growing more lenient as increasing numbers of surgeons in various countries are experimenting with these methods.
  3. The charge usually carries a prison term of up to 30 years, but Brazilles defense team is hopeful the sentencing judge will be more lenient in this case.


  1. Jesse Jackson Jr. lawyers link crime to disorder

    WASHINGTON — Lawyers for Jesse Jackson Jr., in asking a judge for a lenient sentence, are arguing that his lavish spending sprees — paid for by money looted from his campaign fund — were tied to his bipolar disorder. The attorneys also are pleading for a shorter sentence by arguing that Jesse Jackson Jr. will “unlikely” be able to relate to a prison psychiatrist and as a consequence, his mental ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Chicago Sun-Times

  2. Government seeking to lower drunk driving BAC

    Is a .08 blood alcohol concentration (BAC) level too lenient for drivers who have been drinking? The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) thinks so and proposed last month that the federal government lower the BAC level to .05 for every state in America.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Tri-County Times

  3. Victim's family frustrated with killer texter after numerous probation violations

    A teenager who received a lenient sentence for a deadly texting and driving crash could be headed to prison for violating her probation over and over again.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: FOX 12 Oregon


  1. "To say that when someone takes a harsh stance and then turns around and commits a crime they should be given lenient punishment, that's the height of hypocrisy," Franklin told Fuller.
    on Jun 28, 2007 By: Benjamin Franklin Source: Forbes

  2. Speaking to the Urdu daily Jang, Inzamam said, "I was blamed for being very lenient during my whole captaincy career and now I am turned into a dictator. That could only be accepted if players had complained that I acted like one. This is nothing...
    on May 18, 2007 By: Inzamam ul-Haq Source: CricInfo.com

  3. "She has been and is a wonderful mother. She has never embarrassed me, never," Berlusconi said. "And she is so lenient. ...... What more could I want?"
    on Jan 31, 2007 By: Silvio Berlusconi Source: Forbes

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