lenity

Lenity \Len"i*ty\ (-t[y^]), n. [L. lenitas, fr. lenis soft, mild: cf. OF. lenit['e]. See {Lenient}.] The state or quality of being lenient; mildness of temper or disposition; gentleness of treatment; softness; tenderness; clemency; -- opposed to {severity} and {rigor}. [1913 Webster] His exceeding lenity disposes us to be somewhat too severe. --Macaulay. Syn: Gentleness; kindness; tenderness; softness; humanity; clemency; mercy. [1913 Webster]