leniency noun

ADJ. great Judges are advised to show greater leniency towards first-time offenders. | excessive, undue

VERB + LENIENCY show | appeal for, beg for

PREP. ~ for She begged for leniency for her son. | ~ of the undue leniency of the sentence | ~ to Police offer leniency to criminals in return for information. | ~ towards Let's hope the judge shows leniency towards her.

PHRASES a plea for leniency Even the victim's family made a plea for leniency on behalf of the accused.