Definition of commutation
- a commutation by money payment for the exacted service
- commutation of a death sentence
- … a ridge of hills makes daily commutation to San Francisco arduous.
- —The New York Times
He appealed for a commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment.
an international commutation of food for oil
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First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
law : a change of a punishment to a less severe one
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