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inclement

[in-klem-uh nt] /ɪnˈklɛm ənt/
adjective
1.
(of the weather, the elements, etc.) severe, rough, or harsh; stormy.
2.
not kind or merciful.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin inclēment-, equivalent to in- in-3 + clēment- (stem of clēmēns) clement
Related forms
inclemency, inclementness, noun
inclemently, adverb
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  • Protection of interior of existing structures at all times, from damage, dust and weather inclemency.
  • Protection of interior of existing structures at all times from damage, dust and weather inclemency.
  • Protect the interior of existing structures at all times, from damage, dust and weather inclemency.
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inclement

/ɪnˈklɛmənt/
adjective
1.
(of weather) stormy, severe, or tempestuous
2.
harsh, severe, or merciless
Derived Forms
inclemency, inclementness, noun
inclemently, adverb
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Contemporary definitions for inclemency
adjective

severe, unrelenting; cruel

Word Origin

Latin in- + clementem 'mild'

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Word Origin and History for inclemency
n.

1550s, from Middle French inclémence and directly from Latin inclementia "rigor, harshness, roughness," from inclemens (see inclement).

inclement

adj.

1660s, from French inclément and directly from Latin inclementem (nominative inclemens) "harsh, unmerciful," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + clementem "mild, placid." "Limitation to weather is curious" [Weekley].

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