American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A disposition to show mercy, especially toward an offender or enemy. See Synonyms at mercy.
- n. A merciful, kind, or lenient act.
- n. Mildness, especially of weather.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being clement; mildness of temper, as shown by a superior to an inferior, or by an aggrieved person to the offender; disposition to spare or forgive; mercy; leniency; forbearance.
- n. Softness or mildness, as of the elements: as, the clemency of the weather.
- n. Synonyms Mercifulness, indulgence, forgiveness, compassion, tenderness, gentleness.
- n. The gentle or kind exercise of power; leniency, mercy; compassion in judging or punishing.
- n. Mildness of weather.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Disposition to forgive and spare, as offenders; mildness of temper; gentleness; tenderness; mercy.
- n. Mildness or softness of the elements.
- n. leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
- n. good weather with comfortable temperatures
- From Latin clementia. (Wiktionary)
“Enraged at this contempt of what he called his clemency, at Haarlem, Alva resolved to make Alkmaar an example of his cruelty, and he wrote to Philip that everyone in it should be put to the sword.”
“He has allegedly asked for clemency from the state, according to the same news report.”
“The president believes that the pardon attorney should have an opportunity to review this case before a decision on clemency is made.”
“Granting clemency is not undermining the rule of law.”
“Elliott, who has dual U.S. and British nationality, is hoping for clemency from the Texas Pardons and Paroles Board after an appeal to the U.S.”
“Neither compassion nor "mercy," which the Supreme Court as far back as 1855 saw as central to the very idea of clemency, is acknowledged as being of any account.”
“But clemency is a political act, not a judicial one.”
“But the real problem with citing thorough court review as a standard for denying clemency is that none of the 152 executions Bush approved would have landed on his desk had the cases not already passed through all the courts.”
“Source's Desire: She wished to receive clemency from the GVN so that she could rejoin her family.”
“Executive clemency is the last final right a person convicted of murder in our country has to save himself from the gallows.”
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