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Synonyms for lenient
ˈli ni ənt, ˈlin yəntle·nient

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  1. lenientadjective

    permissive, lax

    severe, strict

  2. lenientadjective

    lax; tolerant of deviation; permissive; not strict

    The standard is fairly lenient, so use your discretion.

    permissive, lax

    severe, strict

Princeton's WordNet

  1. indulgent, lenient, softadjective

    tolerant or lenient

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

    cushy, indulgent, mild, easy, piano, balmy, voiced, soft, delicate, flabby, subdued, diffuse, flaccid, gentle, sonant, easygoing, diffused

    inclement, demanding, unpermissive

  2. lenientadjective

    not strict

    "an easy teacher"; "easy standards"; "lenient rules"; "an easy penalty"

    indulgent, soft

    demanding, unpermissive, inclement

  3. lenientadjective

    characterized by tolerance and mercy

    indulgent, soft

    unpermissive, demanding, inclement

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. lenientadjective

    softening, assuasive, soothing, mitigating, mitigative, lenitive

  2. lenientadjective

    mild, gentle, clement, merciful, tender, forbearing, long-suffering, not rigorous, not severe

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. lenientadjective

    compassionate, merciful

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  1. Abu Khdeir:

    I told the judge that you need to give the maximum punishment for these murderers and not to be lenient with them, my wife and I are having nightmares in the middle of the night when we think about what has happened to our son.

  2. Sheldon Whitehouse:

    If you look at her record as a federal judge in criminal cases and particularly cases concerning child pornography over and over and over again, she gives incredibly lenient sentences.

  3. Justin Thomas:

    I remember it like it was yesterday, fourball is pretty kind of lenient on who goes first, who doesn’t, but he was just like, do you want to go first or me? He knew it was going to take a couple holes for me to settle in and I rode my horse until I finally got comfortable.

  4. Eva Millona:

    It really caused huge anxiety, families were torn apart, children were left in the custody of the state, there’s a bitter taste still in Massachusetts. Some advocates for more lenient immigration policies lauded Michelle DuBois.

  5. Jessica Vaughn:

    I think these are important steps because in recent years the system has been set up to favor the applicant and to put the thumb on the scale in favor of the applicant and to make it harder for an asylum officer to reject the claim, even in cases of reasonable doubt or credibility, there's been a very remarkable increase in the number of people asking for asylum in the last five or six years or so, and ... it looks very much like people were trying to take advantage of a very lenient system and one they would not be penalized for using and that motivates illegal immigration and harms the integrity of our legal immigration system.

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