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.
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 of clemency from the Web
Nor does clemency express presidential forgiveness for criminal acts.
The Puerto Rican nationalist was arrested in the 1980s and, after years in prison, was granted clemency by President Barack Obama.
Ignoring an appeal by the pope and pleas for clemency, Rwandan leaders publicly executed 22 people convicted for crimes committed during the country’s 1994 genocide.
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Origin and Etymology of clemency
First Known Use: 15th century
Synonym Discussion of clemency
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
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