[len-i-tee] /ˈlɛn ɪ ti/

noun, plural lenities.
the quality or state of being mild or gentle, as toward others.
a lenient act.
noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being lenient

“softness,” early 15c., from Middle French lénité or directly from Latin lenitatem (nominative lenitas), from lenis “soft, mild” (see lenient).


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