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Definition of LENITY

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Lenity \Len"i*ty\ (-t[y^]), n. [L. lenitas, fr. lenis soft, mild: cf. OF. lenit['e]. See {Lenient}.] The state or quality of being lenient; mildness of temper or disposition; gentleness of treatment; softness; tenderness; clemency; -- opposed to {severity} and {rigor}. [1913 Webster]

           His exceeding lenity disposes us to be somewhat too severe.                                  --Macaulay.

     Syn: Gentleness; kindness; tenderness; softness; humanity; clemency; mercy. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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