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 in a sentence
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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CLEMENCY Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clemency for English Language Learners
: kind or merciful treatment of someone who could be given harsh punishment
CLEMENCY Defined for Kids
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