LE'NIENT, a. [L. leniens, from lenio, lenis, soft, mild.1. Softening; mitigating; assuasive.Time, that on all things lays his lenient hand, yet tames not this.Sometimes with of; as lenient of grief.2. Laxative; emollient.Oils relax the fibers, are lenient, balsamic.
LE'NIENT, n. That which softens or assuages; an emollient.
LE'NI-ENT, a. [L. leniens, from lenio, lenis, soft, mild; Ar. لَلنَ laina, to be soft, or smooth. Class Ln, No. 4. The primary sense probably is smooth, or to make smooth, and blandus may be of the same family.]
- Softening; mitigating; assuasive.
Time, that an all things lays his lenient hand, / Yet tames not this. – Pope.
Sometimes with of; as, lenient of grief. – Milton.
- Relaxing; emollient.
Oils relax the fibers, are lenient, balsamic. – Arbuthnot.
That which softens or assuages; an emolient. – Wiseman.
- Relaxing; emollient; softening; assuasive;
-- sometimes followed by of.
lenitive; an emollient.
- Mild; clement; merciful; not rigorous or
severe; as, a lenient disposition; a lenient judge or