in·clem·ent | \(ˌ)in-ˈkle-mənt, ˈin-klə-\

Definition of inclement 

: lacking mildness: such as

a archaic : severe in temper or action : unmerciful

b : physically severe : stormy inclement weather

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Other Words from inclement

inclemently adverb

Examples of inclement in a Sentence

The game was postponed due to inclement weather. the weather report warned that the holiday weekend would be spoiled by inclement weather

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The calendar does not include inclement weather days or holidays for students, because, according district officials, the instructional minutes to cover for potential loss of days were included in the calendar. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Conroe ISD board OKs 2018-19 school year calendar," 18 Jan. 2018 The Tigers' series finale against the Kansas City Royal was postponed Wednesday because of cold and inclement weather conditions. Chris Thomas, Detroit Free Press, "Again?! Detroit Tigers postpone series finale against Kansas City Royals," 4 Apr. 2018 Sometimes the process goes smoothly, but other times -- when inclement weather or rowdy children strike -- picking up a rental car can be the punctuation mark on an exhausting day of travel. Peter Holley,, "Airbnb for cars is here. And the rental car giants are not happy.," 30 Mar. 2018 At Pitti Uomo last week there were particular shows that seemed to reveal concern about an uncertain future—inclement weather, aliens, technology... ourselves? Ahnna Lee, Vogue, "All of the Highlights from Pitti Uomo," 15 Jan. 2018 Michigan State knows how to play in inclement weather. Luke Srodulski, ajc, "Michigan State avoids slippery slope with first-half flurry," 18 Nov. 2017 And when inclement weather hits, the available all-wheel drive of the Challenger GT helps you power through the elements. Eric Stafford, Car and Driver, "2017 Chevrolet Camaro," 2 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of inclement

1621, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for inclement

Latin inclement-, inclemens, from in- + clement-, clemens clement

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English Language Learners Definition of inclement

: having rain and storms


in·clem·ent | \in-ˈkle-mənt \

Kids Definition of inclement

: stormy sense 1 inclement weather

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to reject or criticize sharply

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