- the act of substituting one thing for another; substitution; exchange.
- the changing of a prison sentence or other penalty to another less severe.
- the act of commuting, as to and from a place of work.
- the substitution of one kind of payment for another.
- Electricity. the act or process of commutating.
- Also called commutation test. Linguistics. the technique, especially in phonological analysis, of substituting one linguistic item for another while keeping the surrounding elements constant, used as a means of determining the constituent units in a sequence and their contrasts with other units.
Origin of commutation
Examples from the Web for commutation
More than 2,000 supporters have signed a petition arguing for commutation in the days since the sentencing.Iraq War Sanctions Run Amok: Shakir Hamoodi’s Story
June 18, 2012
Recently leaving an event, Schwarzenegger was asked by a reporter for a comment on the Nunez commutation.Arnold Pardoned My Son’s Attacker
May 11, 2011
His great anxiety was whether he should lose his commutation.The Prison Chaplaincy, And Its Experiences
Her father was in banishment, the commutation of a sentence of death.Luttrell Of Arran
Charles James Lever
The commutation of pensions was an experiment of the most benevolent intention.Canada and the Canadians
Sir Richard Henry Bonnycastle
Its value consisted in the pensions he received as a sort of commutation.Henry VIII.
A. F. Pollard
Further, on 2nd April, he proposed a commutation of the Land Tax.William Pitt and the Great War
John Holland Rose
- a substitution or exchange
- the replacement of one method of payment by another
- the payment substituted
- the reduction in severity of a penalty imposed by law
- the process of commutating an electric current
- US the travelling done by a commuter
Word Origin and History for commutation
mid-15c., from Old French commutacion "change, transformation, exchange, barter" (13c., Modern French commutation), from Latin commutationem (nominative commutatio) "a change, alteration," noun of action from past participle stem of commutare "to change, alter entirely" (see commute (v.)).