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clemency

clemency

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

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

First Known Use of CLEMENCY

15th century

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