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Definition of "clemency" []

  • A disposition to show mercy, especially toward an offender or enemy. See Synonyms at mercy. (noun)
  • A merciful, kind, or lenient act. (noun)
  • Mildness, especially of weather. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "clemency" in a sentence
  • "Enraged at this contempt of what he called his clemency, at Haarlem, Alva resolved to make Alkmaar an example of his cruelty, and he wrote to Philip that everyone in it should be put to the sword."
  • "He has allegedly asked for clemency from the state, according to the same news report."
  • "The president believes that the pardon attorney should have an opportunity to review this case before a decision on clemency is made."