What does the word lenity mean?

Usage examples for lenity

  1. But the guards knew their master; they took good care not to lay hands on the old man, and felt sure of impunity, as the king would either have forgotten his command, or repented of it by the next day, Once, however, the miserable whip bearers paid a fearful penalty for their lenity. – The Complete Historical Romances of Georg Ebers by Georg Ebers
  2. He granted this in accordance with Marston's request, that by the lenity he might see Daddy Bob and Franconia once more. – Our World, or, The Slaveholders Daughter by F. Colburn Adams
  3. I was treated with consideration and lenity. – The Subterranean Brotherhood by Julian Hawthorne