- (of a punishment or person in authority) more merciful or tolerant than expected；mild or soothing; emollient.
- 1. (of a punishment or person in authority) more merciful or tolerant than expected in the view of the Court the sentence was too lenient lenient magistrates
- 2. archaic mild or soothing; emollient.
- (of punishment or a person in authority) permissive, merciful, or tolerant: judges were far too lenient with petty criminals
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