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le·ni·ent  (ln-nt, lnynt)
Inclined not to be harsh or strict; merciful, generous, or indulgent: lenient parents; lenient rules.

[Obsolete French, from Latin lnins, lnient-, present participle of lnre, to pacify, from lnis, soft; see l- in Indo-European roots.]

leni·ent·ly adv.

lenient  /linint, linynt/  adj. mild in responding to bad behavior: That mother is too lenient with her noisy children. lenient

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