lenient


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lenient

noun allowing, benevolent, charitable, clemens, clement, compassionate, condoning, considerate, easy, enduring, exorable, favoring, forbearing, forgiving, free from vindictiveness, generous, gentle, humane, humoring, indulgent, indulging, kind, kindhearted, lenis, liberal, longanimous, magnanimous, merciful, mild, mitis, moderate, pampering, pardoning, patient, pitying, placable, soft, softhearted, sparing, sympathetic, tolerant, unstrict, willing to forgive, yielding
Foreign phrases: Cum confitente sponte mitius est agennum.One confessing voluntarily should be dealt with more leniently.
See also: palliative, perfunctory, permissive, placable
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Now," said Holmes, when the rejoicing lackey had disappeared, "having secured the future, we can afford to be more lenient with the past.
I set myself above him and so become much worse than he, for he is lenient to my rudeness while I on the contrary nourish contempt for him.
If it is necessary to handle you again I shall not be so lenient.
A small notice in an obscure corner had attracted his attention; the young man, Richardson, had been fished out of the river half drowned, and in view of his tearful and abject penitence, had been allowed to go his way by a lenient magistrate.
If he had got out, the whole business would come to light, and I should have been court-martialled and shot as likely as not; for people were not very lenient at a time like that.
I must ask his pardon to-day, and entreat him to be lenient in his accusation, if the revelation must be made.
He did not distinguish what sort of love his might be, big or little, passionate or passionless, lasting or passing (he kept a ballet girl himself, though he was the father of a family, so he was lenient in these matters), but he knew that this love affair was viewed with displeasure by those whom it was necessary to please, and therefore he did not approve of his brother's conduct.
Because, Eddy,' clasping her hand on his arm, 'we have so much reason to be very lenient to each other
But it very rarely happens that the men who do desert, are happy or contented afterwards; and many instances have been known in which they have confessed their grievous disappointment, and their earnest desire to return to their old service if they could but be assured of pardon, or lenient treatment.
This is well enough, but nevertheless I cannot, I confess, incline towards the Shakers; view them with much favour, or extend towards them any very lenient construction.
having a lenient consideration,' he stipulated, 'for my being no workman, Doyce.
Ogg's smiled pleasantly, and did not wonder that Kenn liked to see a fine pair of eyes daily, or that he was inclined to take so lenient a view of the past; the feminine mind, regarded at that period as less powerful, took a more melancholy view of the case.