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Tuesday, April 23, 2002

Definitions for clemency

  1. Disposition to forgive and spare, as offenders; mercy.
  2. An act or instance of mercy or leniency.
  3. Mildness, especially of weather.

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Citations for clemency
He put in a strong plea for clemency, begging the king to spare the alchemist's life. Janet Gleeson, The Arcanum: The Extraordinary True Story
The commission . . . hinted that many of those on death row in Illinois deserved clemency. Jodi Wilgoren, International Herald Tribune
Origin of clemency
late Middle English
1375-1425
Clemency comes from Latin clementia, from clemens, "mild, merciful."