Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A disposition to show mercy, especially toward an offender or enemy. synonym: mercy.
  • noun A merciful, kind, or lenient act.
  • noun Mildness, especially of weather.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Softness or mildness, as of the elements: as, the clemency of the weather.
  • noun Synonyms Mercifulness, indulgence, forgiveness, compassion, tenderness, gentleness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Disposition to forgive and spare, as offenders; mildness of temper; gentleness; tenderness; mercy.
  • noun Mildness or softness of the elements.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The gentle or kind exercise of power; leniency, mercy; compassion in judging or punishing.
  • noun Mildness of weather.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
  • noun good weather with comfortable temperatures

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin clementia.

Examples

Comments

New comments are temporarily disabled while we update our database.

  • Clemency for Chelsea Manning

    a former intelligence analyst, for passing secret documents to WikiLeaks.

    mercy

    February 4, 2017