in·​clem·​ent | \ (ˌ)in-ˈkle-mənt How to pronounce inclement (audio) , ˈin-klə- \

Definition of inclement

: lacking mildness: such as
a : physically severe : stormy inclement weather
b archaic : severe in temper or action : unmerciful

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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
Recent Examples on the Web King penguins, which rely on acoustic cues to find their mates and chicks in crowded colonies, have a different strategy for handling inclement weather, Dr. Lengagne discovered in another study. Emily Anthes, New York Times, "The Sound of One Shrimp Snapping," 21 Apr. 2020 For example, think of the summer months when schools are closed, and times when inclement weather forces students to not go to school. Francesca Giuliani-hoffman, CNN, "How to help homeless students around the holidays and beyond," 21 Dec. 2019 Limited and Platinum model employ all-wheel drive to optimize handling under any condition, not just inclement weather. cleveland, "2020 Toyota Highlander review: A vehicle sure to excite any parent," 22 Feb. 2020 Classes would end June 9; if all seven inclement weather days are used, the last day would be June 18. Erika Butler,, "Harford residents prefer pre-Labor Day school start next year," 15 Nov. 2019 These restaurants are open on Thanksgiving, but hours vary by location (and inclement weather could play a role, too). Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Hungry? These restaurants are open on Thanksgiving," 28 Nov. 2019 The Mayor’s Office of Capital Improvements will reschedule or add another meeting if inclement weather Tuesday prevents residents from attending, a city spokeswoman said. Rachel Dissell, cleveland, "‘A once-in-a-generation opportunity:’ Could Whiskey Island truck traffic plan fix an environmental injustice for Lakeview Terrace residents?," 12 Nov. 2019 The temperatures will drop into the mid-60s by late afternoon, but no more inclement weather except for blustery winds. Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle, "Weather interrupts play during second round at Houston Open," 11 Oct. 2019 From heat to tornadoes to hail, 2019 has been an eventful year for inclement natural events in the state. Max Cohen, USA TODAY, "Snow and thunder make for a pretty rare storm in the Texas Panhandle," 9 Oct. 2019

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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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The first known use of inclement was in 1621

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29 Apr 2020

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“Inclement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of inclement

formal : having rain and storms


in·​clem·​ent | \ in-ˈkle-mənt How to pronounce inclement (audio) \

Kids Definition of inclement

: stormy sense 1 inclement weather

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