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Lenient


LE'NIENT, adjective [Latin 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, noun That which softens or assuages; an emollient.