The DICT Development Group

Search for:
Search type:

Database copyright information
Server information

4 definitions found
 for Lenient
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lenient \Le"ni*ent\ (l[=e]"n[i^]*ent or l[=e]n"yent), a. [L.
     leniens, -entis, p. pr. of lenire to soften, fr. lenis soft,
     mild. Cf. Lithe.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. Relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes
        followed by of. "Lenient of grief." --Milton.
        [1913 Webster]
              O?? relax the fibers, are lenient, balsamic.
        [1913 Webster]
              Time, that on all things lays his lenient hand.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. Mild; clement; merciful; not rigorous or severe; as, a
        lenient disposition; a lenient judge or sentence.
        [1913 Webster]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Lenient \Le"ni*ent\, n. (Med.)
     A lenitive; an emollient.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      adj 1: tolerant or lenient; "indulgent parents risk spoiling
             their children"; "too soft on the children"; "they are
             soft on crime" [syn: indulgent, lenient, soft]
      2: not strict; "an easy teacher"; "easy standards"; "lenient
         rules"; "an easy penalty"
      3: characterized by tolerance and mercy

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  95 Moby Thesaurus words for "lenient":
     Spartan, accepting, accommodating, accommodative, admissive,
     agreeable, allowing, armed with patience, attentive, balmy, bland,
     bleeding, careless, charitable, clement, commiserative,
     compassionate, complaisant, condolent, consenting, considerate,
     delicate, disciplined, easy, easygoing, endurant, enduring, faint,
     forbearant, forbearing, forgiving, generous, gentle, heedful,
     helpful, human, humane, impotent, imprecise, indifferent,
     indulgent, kind, kindly, lax, long-suffering, longanimous, loose,
     magnanimous, melting, merciful, mild, mindful, mindful of others,
     moderate, negligent, nonprohibitive, obliging, overindulgent,
     overpermissive, patient, patient as Job, permissive, permitting,
     persevering, philosophical, pitying, regardful, relaxed, remiss,
     ruthful, self-controlled, slack, slipshod, sloppy, smooth, soft,
     softhearted, solicitous, sparing, stoic, suffering, sympathetic,
     sympathizing, tactful, tender, tenderhearted, thoughtful, tolerant,
     tolerating, tolerative, understanding, unprohibitive, unrestrained,
     warmhearted, weak

Contact=webmaster@dict.org Specification=RFC 2229