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|Nancy Hass|June 18, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Recently leaving an event, Schwarzenegger was asked by a reporter for a comment on the Nunez commutation.
Every endeavour was used, however, to obtain a commutation of sentence.The Chronicles of Newgate, v. 2/2|Arthur Griffiths
Where land had been given in commutation of tithes, the proportion of one seventh had grown into an established custom.
Still I am not afraid to say that, in a general way, commutation supposes an exchange against an equivalent.Villainage in England|Paul Vinogradoff
That chap has three years and a half more to serve, deducting his commutation.
Subsequently, it must be allowed, the bargain of commutation proved a bad one for the burghers.History of the United Netherlands, 1590-1599, Vol. III. Complete|John Lothrop Motley
British Dictionary definitions for commutation
- the replacement of one method of payment by another
- the payment substituted
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.)).