leniently

[ lee-nee-uh nt, leen-yuh nt ]SEE DEFINITION OF leniently
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How leniently, then, should we deal with those who labor for our pleasure in these capacities!

Thus in every way the Inquisition dealt with him as leniently as they could.

That she should have been treated so leniently and Jeanne so cruelly!

"Just like a fool woman," people say leniently, and are willing to let it pass.

"Well, I don't see why not," agreed the lieutenant, leniently.

"Oh, my dear, engaged people could talk forever," Julia said leniently.

"You have judged that old bear much too leniently," began the professor.

Would that we might all be judged as leniently by future critics!

I don't see how you can speak of it so leniently as you do, Mrs. Bowen.

Dr. Archie swung round in his chair and looked at her, honestly and leniently.

WORD ORIGIN

1650s, "relaxing, soothing," from Middle French lenient, from Latin lenientem (nominative leniens), present participle of lenire "to soften, alleviate, mitigate, allay, calm," from lenis "mild, gentle, calm," probably from PIE root *le- "to leave, yield, let go, slacken" (cf. Lithuanian lenas "quiet, tranquil, tame, slow," Old Church Slavonic lena "lazy," Latin lassus "faint, weary," Old English læt "sluggish, slow," lætan "to leave behind"). Sense of "mild, merciful" (of persons) first recorded 1787. In earlier use was lenitive, attested from early 15c. of medicines, 1610s of persons.

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