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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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  • 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

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 inclement
adjective

rough, harsh; extreme, severe

Word Origin

Latin in- + clementem 'mild'

Usage Note

meteorology

adjective

severe, unrelenting; cruel

Word Origin

Latin in- + clementem 'mild'

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Word Origin and History for 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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