clemency

[klem-uhn-see]
noun, plural clemencies.
1.
the quality of being clement; disposition to show forbearance, compassion, or forgiveness in judging or punishing; leniency; mercy.
2.
an act or deed showing mercy or leniency.
3.
(of the weather) mildness or temperateness.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Latin clēmentia. See clement, -cy

overclemency, noun


1. forgivingness, gentleness, mercifulness.


1. harshness. 3. severity.
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clemency (ˈklɛmənsɪ)
 
n , pl -cies
1.  mercy or leniency
2.  mildness, esp of the weather
 
[C15: from Latin clēmentia, from clēmēns gentle]

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clemency
1550s, "mildness or gentleness shown in exercise of authority," from L. clementia "calmness, gentleness," from clementem (nom. clemens) "calm, mild," related to -clinare "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Meaning "mildness of weather or climate" is 1660s; clement (adj.) is older in
both senses, late 15c. and 1620s respectively, but now is used only in negation and only of the weather.
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Example sentences
He had asked the governor not to grant him clemency.
The parole board, however, later recommended against clemency.
There were no arguments in support of clemency made at this hearing.
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