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leniency

le·ni·en·cy

leniency

 
pronunciation:
lin yn si
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part of speech: noun
inflections: leniencies
definition 1: the quality or state of being lenient.
This particular judge had a reputation for leniency.
synonyms:
clemency, indulgence, softness
similar words:
charity, compassion, forbearance, laxness, mercy, permissiveness, tolerance
definition 2: an act that is lenient.
The principal eventually regretted her leniency with the boy.
synonyms:
clemency, indulgence, mercy
similar words:
amnesty, excuse, forgiveness, pardon, quarter
Word Parts
The word leniency contains the following part:
-ance, -ence, -ency, -ancy Latin noun-forming suffix that means state, quality, or act of
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The suffix group -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy attaches to verbs and Latin verb stems to create nouns. The suffix -ance is usually attached to whole English words, whereas -ence is usually attached to roots: compare eloquence and acceptance . For most nouns ending in -ance , -ence , -ency , -ancy , there is a correponsponding adjective form ending in -ant, -ent.