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clemency

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noun clem·en·cy \ˈkle-mən(t)-sē\

Simple Definition of clemency

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

Full Definition of clemency

plural clem·en·cies

  1. 1 a :  disposition to be merciful and especially to moderate the severity of punishment due b :  an act or instance of leniency

  2. 2 :  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>



15th Century

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>.

CLEMENCY Defined for Kids

clemency

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noun clem·en·cy \ˈkle-mən-sē\

Definition of clemency

plural clemencies

  1. 1 :  mercy 1

  2. 2 :  an act of mercy





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