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commutation

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noun com·mu·ta·tion \ˌkäm-yə-ˈtā-shən, -yü-\

Simple Definition of commutation

  • law : a change of a punishment to a less severe one

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of commutation

  1. 1 :  exchange, trade

  2. 2 :  replacement; specifically :  a substitution of one form of payment or charge for another

  3. 3 :  a change of a legal penalty or punishment to a lesser one <commutation of a death sentence>

  4. 4 :  an act or process of commuting

  5. 5 :  the action of commutating

Examples of commutation in a sentence

  1. He appealed for a commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment.

  2. <an international commutation of food for oil>



Origin and Etymology of commutation

Middle English commutacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin commutation-, commutatio, from commutare


First Known Use: 15th century



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