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
Every aspect of the clemency process is secret, as Dale Werhan discovered in June.
The group is urging McAuliffe to grant Morva clemency.
Abacha ignored pleas for clemency for the men from world leaders including then US President Bill Clinton.
Cardona applied for clemency in April, the Daily News reported.
On August 3, 2016, President Obama granted me clemency for my life sentence on a nonviolent drug offense.
For Richardson and hundreds of other nonviolent drug offenders granted clemency under Obama, the truncated prison sentence was a rare opportunity to reenter society.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey as of Wednesday had responded to a request by Melson for clemency.
Guerrero’s family insists he was granted clemency and that the marijuana charge was reduced to a misdemeanor.
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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
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