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 for lenity
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lenity \Len"i*ty\ (-t[y^]), n. [L. lenitas, fr. lenis soft,
     mild: cf. OF. lenit['e]. See Lenient.]
     The state or quality of being lenient; mildness of temper or
     disposition; gentleness of treatment; softness; tenderness;
     clemency; -- opposed to severity and rigor.
     [1913 Webster]
  
           His exceeding lenity disposes us to be somewhat too
           severe.                                  --Macaulay.
  
     Syn: Gentleness; kindness; tenderness; softness; humanity;
          clemency; mercy.
          [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  lenity
      n 1: mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant
           [syn: lenience, leniency, mildness, lenity]

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