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[in-klem-uh nt]
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  1. (of the weather, the elements, etc.) severe, rough, or harsh; stormy.
  2. not kind or merciful.
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Origin of inclement

1615–25; < Latin inclēment-, equivalent to in- in-3 + clēment- (stem of clēmēns) clement
Related formsin·clem·en·cy, in·clem·ent·ness, nounin·clem·ent·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for inclemencies

Historical Examples

  • He was exposed, all at once, to the inclemencies of the Infinitudes.

    A Circuit Rider's Wife

    Corra Harris

  • Most of them live well, and are protected against the inclemencies of the weather.

    Here and There in London

    J. Ewing Ritchie

  • How could I be otherwise here, sheltered from the inclemencies of the weather?

  • Once removed from the soil and exposed to the inclemencies of the weather, the pupa would inevitably perish.

  • They made their cruises in open boats, exposed to all the inclemencies of the weather, and captured their prizes by boarding.

British Dictionary definitions for inclemencies


  1. (of weather) stormy, severe, or tempestuous
  2. harsh, severe, or merciless
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Derived Formsinclemency or inclementness, nouninclemently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for inclemencies



1660s, from French inclément and directly from Latin inclementem (nominative inclemens) "harsh, unmerciful," from in- "not, opposite of, without" (see in- (1)) + clementem "mild, placid." "Limitation to weather is curious" [Weekley].

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