noun clem·en·cy \ˈkle-mən(t)-sē\

: kind or merciful treatment of someone who could be given harsh punishment

plural clem·en·cies

Full Definition of CLEMENCY

a :  disposition to be merciful and especially to moderate the severity of punishment due
b :  an act or instance of leniency
:  pleasant mildness of weather

Examples of CLEMENCY

  1. The President has granted clemency to several people this month.
  2. <the judge chose to show clemency to the truly repentant embezzler>

First Known Use of CLEMENCY

15th century

Synonym Discussion of CLEMENCY

mercy, charity, clemency, grace, leniency mean a disposition to show kindness or compassion. mercy implies compassion that forbears punishing even when justice demands it <threw himself on the mercy of the court>. charity stresses benevolence and goodwill shown in broad understanding and tolerance of others <show a little charity for the less fortunate>. clemency implies a mild or merciful disposition in one having the power or duty of punishing <the judge refused to show clemency>. grace implies a benign attitude and a willingness to grant favors or make concessions <by the grace of God>. leniency implies lack of severity in punishing <criticized the courts for excessive leniency>.
CLEMENCIES Defined for Kids


noun clem·en·cy \ˈkle-mən-sē\
plural clemencies

Definition of CLEMENCY for Kids

:  mercy 1
:  an act of mercy


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