Definition of clemency
- The judge ignored the prisoner's pleas for clemency.
- The governor's clemencies saved the lives of many death-row prisoners.
- The fair was a great success, owing to the clemency of the weather.
The President has granted clemency to several people this month.
the judge chose to show clemency to the truly repentant embezzler
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: kind or merciful treatment of someone who could be given harsh punishment
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