noun, plural clem·en·cies.
Origin of clemency
Examples from the Web for clemency
Those who have such views are of course entitled to continue to have them, but the clemency grant has nothing to do with that.Exclusive: U.S. Intel Committee Chiefs Blast Deal for Israeli Spy|Josh Rogin|April 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The Justice Department wants lawyers to help non-violent drug offenders get clemency to leave jail.A Momentous Change for America’s Tortuous Drug Sentencing|Andrew Cohen|January 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No less than the New York Times has called for clemency on his behalf, insisting that he has “done his country a great service.”The Unseen Threat to the Fourth Amendment Is the Fourth Amendment Itself|Kevin Bleyer|January 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yesterday, the New York Times urged the Obama administration to offer Edward Snowden “a plea bargain or some form of clemency.”
The chairs of the House and Senate intelligence committees have also said clemency should be ruled out for Snowden.Michael Hayden, Ex-NSA Director, Says Clemency for Edward Snowden Is ‘Outrageous’ Idea|Eli Lake|January 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Yet such was their lenity and clemency, that upon a petition from them, the foresaid persons were set at liberty.Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)|John Howie
This clemency, he said, could no longer be extended to them should Major Andr suffer.Life And Times Of Washington, Volume 2|John Frederick Schroeder
In the spring of the year 1605 the whole state of England still showed a tendency to clemency and conciliation.
For there was no rejoicing among the recipients of His Majesty's clemency—heart-broken silence alone, and chill despair!When Ghost Meets Ghost|William Frend De Morgan
In writing to the Crown Princess on hospital matters she put in a plea for clemency in the hour of final victory.The Life of Florence Nightingale vol. 2 of 2|Edward Tyas Cook
British Dictionary definitions for clemency
noun plural -cies
Word Origin for clemency
Word Origin and History for clemency
1550s, "mildness or gentleness shown in exercise of authority," from Latin clementia "calmness, gentleness," from clemens "calm, mild," related to clinare "to lean" (see lean (v.)) + participial suffix -menos (also in alumnus). For sense evolution, cf. inclined in secondary meaning "disposed favorably." Earlier in same sense was clemence (late 15c.).
Meaning "mildness of weather or climate" is 1660s (a sense also in Latin); clement (adj.) is older in both senses, late 15c. and 1620s respectively, but now is used only in negation and only of the weather.