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>
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
CLEMENCY Defined for Kids
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