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  • The fact or quality of being more merciful or tolerant than expected; clemency.

    ‘the court could show leniency’
    • ‘South Africa too, will seek more leniency in international trade of elephant products.’
    • ‘The son pleads guilty, tearfully begging for leniency based on his claim that his father molested him.’
    • ‘So I think the rules of engagement give the military the leniency they need to accomplish their mission.’
    • ‘There is the famous joke about the man who kills his parents and then looks for leniency at his murder trial because he is an orphan.’
    • ‘He's publicly turned down a deal for leniency in exchange for information on his surveillance activities.’
    mercifulness, mercy, clemency, lenity, forgiveness
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/ˈlēnēənsē/ /ˈliniənsi/