in·​clem·​ent (ˌ)in-ˈkle-mənt How to pronounce inclement (audio)
: lacking mildness: such as
: physically severe : stormy
inclement weather
archaic : severe in temper or action : unmerciful
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 Americans are bracing for inclement weather during one of the busiest holiday travel weeks of the year. Daniel Amarante, ABC News, 19 Nov. 2023 The reasons are largely the same: Both are located in highly trafficked airspace and manage inclement weather and air-traffic control issues. Jacob Passy, WSJ, 17 Nov. 2023 On Wednesday’s episode of his New Heights with Jason and Travis Kelce (Presented by Wave Sports + Entertainment) podcast, Travis revealed what the pair had for dinner on Friday, the night Swift's Eras Tour show in Buenos Aires was postponed due to inclement weather. Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 15 Nov. 2023 Sunday night’s concert was originally set to take place on Friday, but was delayed due to inclement weather. Ellise Shafer, Variety, 13 Nov. 2023 Since this time of year can also call for inclement weather, Twidale suggests getting ahead of the issues since packed flights will mean limited changes to rebook. Rachel Chang, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Nov. 2023 Alternative methods of instruction days -- authorized by a 2017 state law and widely used in recent years -- permitted students and educators to work from their homes on days when inclement weather, contagious illness and utility outages caused a school campus or school district to be closed. Cynthia Howell, Arkansas Online, 8 Nov. 2023 The author of this piece states that the speed of light is sixty-five miles per hour, and fifty-five miles per hour at night or in inclement weather. Ian Frazier, The New Yorker, 6 Nov. 2023 Legoland Florida Water Park is open throughout the year, usually from noon to 4 p.m., but may close in the case of inclement weather and on holidays. Carlye Wisel, Travel + Leisure, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1621, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of inclement was in 1621

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Cite this Entry

“Inclement.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


in·​clem·​ent (ˈ)in-ˈklem-ənt How to pronounce inclement (audio)
: stormy sense 1
inclement weather
inclemently adverb

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