clement

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adjective clem·ent \ˈkle-mənt\

Definition of clement

  1. 1 :  inclined to be merciful :  lenient a clement judge

  2. 2 :  mild clement weather for this time of year

clemently

adverb

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Examples of clement in a Sentence

  1. Hawaii is known for its delightfully clement climate.

  2. his clement application of authority was a welcome change after years of managerial heavy-handedness

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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

Middle English, from Latin clement-, clemens


Clement

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biographical name Clem·ent \ˈkle-mənt\

Definition of Clement

  1. name of 14 popes: especially VII (Giulio de' Me*di*ciplay \ˈme-də-(ˌ)chē\ ) 1478–1534 (pope 1523–34)


CLEMENT Defined for English Language Learners

clement

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adjective

Definition of clement for English Language Learners

  • : not too hot or too cold



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