[lee-nee-uh nt, leen-yuh nt] /ˈli ni ənt, ˈlin yənt/
agreeably tolerant; permissive; indulgent:
He tended to be lenient toward the children. More lenient laws encouraged greater freedom of expression.
Archaic. softening, soothing, or alleviative.
showing or characterized by mercy or tolerance
(archaic) caressing or soothing
1650s, “relaxing, soothing,” from Middle French lenient, from Latin lenientem (nominative leniens), present participle 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. Lithuanian lenas “quiet, tranquil, tame, slow,” Old Church Slavonic lena “lazy,” Latin lassus “faint, weary,” Old English læt “sluggish, slow,” lætan “to leave behind”). Sense of “mild, merciful” (of persons) first recorded 1787. In earlier use was lenitive, attested from early 15c. of medicines, 1610s of persons.
[len-in; Russian lye-nyin] /ˈlɛn ɪn; Russian ˈlyɛ nyɪn/ noun 1. V(ladimir) I(lyich) [vlad-uh-meer il-yich;; Russian vluh-dyee-myir ee-lyeech] /ˈvlæd əˌmɪər ˈɪl yɪtʃ;; Russian vlʌˈdyi myɪr iˈlyitʃ/ (Show IPA), (Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov”N. Lenin”) 1870–1924, Russian revolutionary leader: Soviet premier 1918–24. /ˈlɛnɪn/ noun 1. Vladimir Ilyich (vlaˈdimir iljˈjitʃ), original surname Ulyanov. 1870–1924, Russian statesman and Marxist theoretician; first […]
[len-i-nuh-bahd; Russian lyi-nyi-nuh-baht] /ˈlɛn ɪ nəˌbɑd; Russian lyɪ nyɪ nʌˈbɑt/ noun 1. former (1936–91) name of . /Russian lɪninaˈbat/ noun 1. the former name (1937–91) of Khojent
[len-i-nuh-kahn; Russian lyi-nyi-nuh-kahn] /ˌlɛn ɪ nəˈkɑn; Russian lyɪ nyɪ nʌˈkɑn/ noun 1. former name of . [gyoo m-ree, gyoo m-ree] /ˈgyʊm ri, gyʊmˈri/ noun 1. a city in NW Armenia. /Russian lɪninaˈkan/ noun 1. the former name (1925–91) of Kumayri
[len-in-grad; Russian lyi-nyin-graht] /ˈlɛn ɪnˌgræd; Russian lyɪ nyɪnˈgrɑt/ noun 1. a former name (1924–91) of (def 1) /ˈlɛnɪnˌɡræd; Russian lɪninˈɡrat/ noun 1. the former name (1937–91) of Saint Petersburg Leningrad [(len-in-grad, len-in-grahd)] Name of Saint Petersburg, Russia, from 1924 to 1991. (See Saint Petersburg.)