lenient

lenient
adjective

Brother Andrew was a lenient teacher

Syn:
merciful, clement, forgiving, forbearing, tolerant, charitable, humane, indulgent, easygoing, magnanimous, sympathetic, compassionate, mild
See note at mercy
Ant:
severe
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lenient, forbearing, indulgent, lax, merciful, permissive
Not all parents approach discipline in the same way. Someone who is lenient is willing to lower his or her standards of strictness when it comes to imposing discipline (the principal was lenient with the students who had been caught playing hooky). A parent who is forbearing struggles against giving in to negative feelings and is therefore able to abstain from hasty or ill-tempered actions, no matter what the provocation (her father's forbearing attitude meant that she escaped with only a lecture). Indulgent goes beyond forbearing and suggests catering to someone's whims (an indulgent parent who seldom denied her child anything). Lax is a negative kind of leniency involving laziness or indifference (a lax mother who never imposed a curfew), while merciful suggests a relaxing of standards on the basis of compassion (a merciful mother who understood her daughter's anger). To be permissive is also to be extremely lenient — an approach that connotes tolerance to the point of passivity (the children's utter disregard for the rules was the result of their permissive upbringing).

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  • 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lenient — (adj.) 1650s, relaxing, soothing, from M.Fr. lenient, from L. lenientem (nom. leniens), prp. 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.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Lenient — Le ni*ent, n. (Med.) A lenitive; an emollient. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lenient — (spr. löniang), Charles, franz. Literarhistoriker, geb. 1825 in Provins (Seine et Marne), seit 1865 Professor der französischen Dichtkunst an der Pariser Sorbonne. Er veröffentlichte: »La satire en France an moyen âge« (1859, 4. Aufl. 1893; von… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • lenient — I noun allowing, benevolent, charitable, clemens, clement, compassionate, condoning, considerate, easy, easygoing, enduring, exorable, favoring, forbearing, forgiving, free from vindictiveness, generous, gentle, humane, humoring, indulgent,… …   Law dictionary

  • lenient — 1 *soft, gentle, smooth, mild, bland, balmy Analogous words: assuaging, alleviating, relieving (see RELIEVE): grateful, agreeable, welcome, gratifying, pleasing, *pleasant Antonyms: caustic Contrasted words: harsh, *rough 2 indulgent, merciful,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lenient — [adj] permissive allowing, amiable, assuaging, assuasive, being big*, benign, benignant, charitable, clement, compassionate, complaisant, compliant, condoning, easy, easygoing, emollient, excusing, favoring, forbearing, forgiving, gentle, going… …   New thesaurus

  • lenient — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ merciful or tolerant. DERIVATIVES lenience noun leniency noun leniently adverb. ORIGIN from Latin lenire soothe , from lenis mild, gentle …   English terms dictionary

  • lenient — [lēn′yənt, lē′nē ənt] adj. [L leniens, prp. of lenire, to soften, alleviate < lenis, smooth, soft, mild < IE base * leī : see LATE] 1. not harsh or severe in disciplining, punishing, judging, etc.; mild; merciful; clement 2. Archaic… …   English World dictionary

  • lenient — 01. I think his parents are too [lenient]! He gets into all kinds of trouble, and they never do anything about it. 02. The suspect s lawyer asked the judge for [leniency] in sentencing because it was his first offence. 03. I don t think it is… …   Grammatical examples in English

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