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
He appealed for a commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment.
<an international commutation of food for oil>
Origin and Etymology of commutation
Middle English commutacion, from Anglo-French, from Latin commutation-, commutatio, from commutare
First Known Use: 15th century
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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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