commutation

noun com·mu·ta·tion \ ˌkäm-yə-ˈtā-shən , -yü- \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of commutation

2 : replacement; specifically : a substitution of one form of payment or charge for another
  • a commutation by money payment for the exacted service
3 : a change of a legal penalty or punishment to a lesser one
  • commutation of a death sentence
4 : an act or process of commuting
  • … a ridge of hills makes daily commutation to San Francisco arduous.
  • The New York Times
5 : the action of commutating

Examples of commutation in a Sentence

  1. He appealed for a commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment.

  2. an international commutation of food for oil

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Origin and Etymology of commutation

Middle English commutacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin commutation-, commutatio, from commutare

COMMUTATION Defined for English Language Learners

commutation

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Definition of commutation for English Language Learners

  • law : a change of a punishment to a less severe one



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