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- Lax; tolerant of deviation; permissive; not strict.
- The standard is fairly lenient, so use your discretion.
- 1847, Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, Chapter XVIII
- But in other points, as well as this, I was growing very lenient to my master; I was forgetting all his faults, for which I had once kept a sharp look-out. It had formerly been my endeavour to study all sides of his character; to take the bad with the good; and from the just weighing of both, to form an equitable judgment. Now I saw no bad.
tolerant; not strict
lenient (plural lenients)
- lenient in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- lenient in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
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