Definition of clemency noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈklemənsi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈklemənsi//
[uncountable] (formal)
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kindness shown to somebody when they are being punished; willingness not to punish somebody so severely synonym mercy a plea for clemency He was executed by firing squad despite widespread pleas for clemency. His lawyers appealed for clemency on the grounds of ill health. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin clementia, from clemens, clement- ‘clement’.
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