Le"ni*ent, n. Med.

A lenitive; an emollient.

 

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Le"ni*ent (?), a. [L. leniens, -entis, p. pr. of lenire to soften, fr. lenis soft, mild. Cf. Lithe.]

1.

Relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive; -- sometimes followed by of.

"Lenient of grief."

Milton.

Of relax the fibers, are lenient, balsamic. Arbuthnot.

Time, that on all things lays his lenient hand. Pope.

2.

Mild; clement; merciful; not rigorous or severe; as, a lenient disposition; a lenient judge or sentence.

 

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