Definition of clement
- a clement judge
- clement weather for this time of year
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Hawaii is known for its delightfully clement climate.
his clement application of authority was a welcome change after years of managerial heavy-handedness
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Defendants in court cases probably don't spend much time worrying about inclement weather. They're too busy hoping to meet a clement judge so they will be granted clemency. They should hope they don't meet an inclement judge! "Clement," "inclement," and "clemency" all derive from the Latin clemens, which means "mild" or "calm." All three terms can refer to an individual's degree of mercy or to the relative pleasantness of the weather.
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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