Simple Definition of commutation
law : a change of a punishment to a less severe one
Examples of commutation in a sentence
He appealed for a commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment.
<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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