leniently leniently  /ˈlin jənt li/


  • (adv) in a permissively lenient manner


  1. In an age when heretics were sometimes burned at the stake, Galileo was treated relatively leniently.
  2. It was much more leniently rated some decades ago than it is now because parents realize that drugs have a much more serious place in their children's lives.
  3. In the past the President has treated rebellious soldiers leniently.



  1. "Those who have committed serious crimes will be dealt with harshly," Qiangba said, urging Tibetans to inform on each other. "If they turn themselves in, they will be dealt with leniently. If they provide further information about others...
    on Mar 15, 2008 By: Qiangba Puncog Source: AFP

  2. Mosley said: "The facts in this case are very clear. The team was asked to pump the fuel out of their car. They left 15 litres in the tank and told us it was empty. Under the circumstances, we feel they have been treated rather leniently."
    on May 5, 2005 By: Max Mosley Source: Sportinglife.com

  3. "Studies on public perceptions of youth crime suggest that the prevailing views of the public are that youth crime is rising, particularly violent youth crime, and that young offenders are handled too leniently by youth justice courts," Mr....
    on May 16, 2008 By: Marshall Rothstein Source: Globe and Mail

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