What does the word lenient mean?

Usage examples for lenient

  1. He was an assiduous critic of art, of the drama and of literature, and the only charge which has ever been brought against his work in this kind is that it is usually too lenient- that his fine appreciation of even the smallest beauties has made him overlook gross defects. – A Short History of French Literature by George Saintsbury
  2. I have always been as lenient as the law, and other circumstances, would allow towards the illegal game of " bowling." – Further Experiences of an Irish R.M. by E. OEnone Somerville Martin Ross