clem·​ent | \ ˈkle-mənt How to pronounce clement (audio) \

Definition of clement

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : inclined to be merciful : lenient a clement judge
2 : mild clement weather for this time of year


biographical name
Clem·​ent | \ ˈkle-mənt How to pronounce Clement (audio) \

Definition of Clement (Entry 2 of 2)

name of 14 popes: especially VII ( Giulio de' Medici \ ˈme-​də-​(ˌ)chē How to pronounce Clement (audio) \ ) 1478–1534 (pope 1523–34)

Other Words from clement


clemently adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for clement

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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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.

Examples of clement in a Sentence

Adjective 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 on the Web: Adjective Blessed by largely clement weather, San Sebastian fairly hummed, as hundreds of industry execs sat down to talk face to face – some, especially from Latin America, for the first time since February 2020. John Hopewell, Variety, 24 Sep. 2021 On a hot day, the river kept the park cool and clement, and there were gentle breezes with a whiff of salt in the air. Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2021 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. Samanth Subramanian, WIRED, 2 May 2017 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. David S. F. Portree, WIRED, 20 Dec. 2014

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First Known Use of clement


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for clement


Middle English, from Latin clement-, clemens

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“Clement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of clement

: not too hot or too cold

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