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English noun: leniency

1. leniency (attribute) mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant

Synonymslenience, lenity, mildness

Broader (hypernym)mercifulness, mercy

2. leniency (attribute) a disposition to yield to the wishes of someone

SamplesToo much indulgence spoils a child.

Synonymsindulgence, lenience

Broader (hypernym)permissiveness, tolerance

Narrower (hyponym)softness

3. leniency (act) lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers


Broader (hypernym)tolerance

Narrower (hyponym)clemency, mercifulness, mercy

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