in·​clem·​en·​cy | \ (ˌ)in-ˈkle-mən(t)-sē How to pronounce inclemency (audio) \

Definition of inclemency

: the quality or state of being inclement

Examples of inclemency in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lining up in inclement weather is part of barbecue culture, though more often the inclemency is of the blazingly hot variety—which forges a kind of bond with the pit masters, holding their lonely vigil over the flames. Jody Horton, Smithsonian, "How Three Guys From Houston Are Cooking Up a Revolution in Texas Barbecue," 23 Oct. 2019 Lightweight and compact enough to stuff in a backpack, the right windbreaker will be your insurance policy against any sudden inclemency. Yang-yi Goh, GQ, "The Best Windbreakers Will Help You Survive Spring Weather in Style," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of inclemency

1559, in the meaning defined above

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“Inclemency.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2020.

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