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Examples of clement in a Sentence
Hawaii is known for its delightfully clement climate.
his clement application of authority was a welcome change after years of managerial heavy-handedness
Recent Examples of clement from the Web
Sitting atop a series of ridges, Bangalore lies more than 3,000 feet above sea level—an elevation that affords the city month after month of moderate temperatures, nippy evenings, and clement afternoons.
Some scientists remained reluctant to embrace the new data; in the Soviet Union in particular the concept of a more or less clement Venus held on for several more years.
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Did You Know?
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.
Origin and Etymology of clement
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsbalmy, equable, genial, gentle, mild, moderate, soft, temperate
Antonymsharsh, inclement, intemperate, severe
Related Wordsclear, cloudless, fair, rainless, sunny, sunshiny; calm, halcyon, peaceful, placid, tranquil; delightful, fine, pleasant
Near Antonymsblustering, blustery, breezy, gusty, rough, squally, stormy, windy; misty, rainy, showery; bleak, cloudy, dismal, foggy, gloomy, gray (also grey), hazy, overcast, sunless; bitter, dirty, foul, nasty, raw
CLEMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clement for English Language Learners
: not too hot or too cold
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