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[in-klem-uh nt] /ɪnˈklɛm ənt/
(of the weather, the elements, etc.) severe, rough, or harsh; stormy.
not kind or merciful.
Origin of inclement
1615-25; < Latin inclēment-, equivalent to in- in-3 + clēment- (stem of clēmēns) clement
Related forms
inclemency, inclementness, noun
inclemently, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inclement
  • But there usually are reasons that people aren't there: no potable water, inclement weather, lack of a harbor for boats to dock.
  • The roofing material withstands inclement weather and, on bright days, taps sunshine for electricity.
  • Park personnel will then be able to alert you to inclement weather, unforeseen dangers, or go look for you if you don't return.
  • The coming months are some of the bumpiest travel times, due to inclement weather.
  • During colder or inclement weather, her outdoor visits are shorter.
  • The house was filled at an early hour, notwithstanding the inclement state of the weather.
  • The picture took eight days for filming, the last two due to inclement weather.
  • Note, however, that there are sometimes last-minute changes to flight schedules owing to inclement weather.
  • Then come back later today for the inclement weather modifications.
  • Sometimes a few days will be windy and cloudy, but these periods of inclement weather usually come and go quickly.
British Dictionary definitions for inclement


(of weather) stormy, severe, or tempestuous
harsh, severe, or merciless
Derived Forms
inclemency, inclementness, noun
inclemently, adverb
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Contemporary definitions for inclement

severe, unrelenting; cruel

Word Origin

Latin in- + clementem 'mild''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for inclement

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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