clemency

noun
clem·​en·​cy | \ ˈkle-mən(t)-sē How to pronounce clemency (audio) \
plural clemencies

Definition of clemency

1a : disposition to be merciful and especially to moderate the severity of punishment due The judge ignored the prisoner's pleas for clemency.
b : an act or instance of leniency The governor's clemencies saved the lives of many death-row prisoners.
2 : pleasant mildness of weather The fair was a great success, owing to the clemency of the weather.

Choose the Right Synonym for clemency

mercy, charity, clemency, grace, leniency mean a disposition to show kindness or compassion. mercy implies compassion that forbears punishing even when justice demands it. threw himself on the mercy of the court charity stresses benevolence and goodwill shown in broad understanding and tolerance of others. show a little charity for the less fortunate clemency implies a mild or merciful disposition in one having the power or duty of punishing. the judge refused to show clemency grace implies a benign attitude and a willingness to grant favors or make concessions. by the grace of God leniency implies lack of severity in punishing. criticized the courts for excessive leniency

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
Recent Examples on the Web After deciding their sentence, seven of Khan's eight jurors wrote a letter to the convening authority urging clemency for Khan because of what the United States had done to him. The New York Times, Arkansas Online, 13 Mar. 2022 After deciding their sentence, seven of Mr. Khan’s eight jurors wrote a letter to the convening authority urging clemency for Mr. Khan because of what the United States had done to him. New York Times, 11 Mar. 2022 The panel ultimately voted 4-1 to deny clemency for Postelle. CBS News, 18 Feb. 2022 The panel ultimately voted 4-1 to deny clemency for Postelle. Fox News, 17 Feb. 2022 The panel ultimately voted 4-1 to deny clemency for Postelle. NBC News, 17 Feb. 2022 On November 30, 2021, Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board voted 4-1 against recommending clemency for Grant. Amanda Watts, CNN, 27 Jan. 2022 After Smith's reprieve was granted, questions about why the governor -- who had already denied Smith clemency -- would suddenly halt his execution gave rise to calls for a moratorium on the state's executions. Tina Burnside And Dakin Andone, CNN, 2 May 2022 By late March, over 80 Texas lawmakers from both sides of the aisle had asked Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to intervene in the case and grant Lucio clemency. Brigid Kennedy, The Week, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of clemency

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for clemency

see clement

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“Clemency.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clemency. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for clemency

clemency

noun
clem·​en·​cy | \ ˈkle-mən-sē How to pronounce clemency (audio) \
plural clemencies

Kids Definition of clemency

2 : an act of mercy

clemency

noun
clem·​en·​cy | \ ˈkle-mən-sē How to pronounce clemency (audio) \
plural clemencies

Legal Definition of clemency

1 : willingness or ability to moderate the severity of a punishment (as a sentence)
2 : an act or instance of mercy, compassion, or forgiveness — see also amnesty, commute, pardon, reprieve

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