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Wordnet 3.0


1. tolerant or lenient;
- Example: "indulgent parents risk spoiling their children"
- Example: "too soft on the children"
- Example: "they are soft on crime"
[syn: indulgent, lenient, soft]

2. not strict;
- Example: "an easy teacher"
- Example: "easy standards"
- Example: "lenient rules"
- Example: "an easy penalty"

3. characterized by tolerance and mercy;

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. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster] Time, that on all things lays his lenient hand. --Pope. [1913 Webster] 2. Mild; clement; merciful; not rigorous or severe; as, a lenient disposition; a lenient judge or sentence. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Lenient \Le"ni*ent\, n. (Med.) A lenitive; an emollient. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

lenient 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
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