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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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Related Words for inclement

brutal, cold, foul, hard, harsh, intemperate, raw, rigorous, rough, rugged, severe, stormy, tempestuous, violent, wintry, callous, draconian, pitiless, ruthless, savage

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Historical Examples of inclement

  • As for John Hatteras, he did not seem to mind the inclement cold.

    The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras

    Jules Verne

  • Birds not of a feather flock together at this inclement season.

  • It was in the inclement month of January: I was starved and half clad.

    Rattlin the Reefer

    Edward Howard

  • It was my inclement destiny to become acquainted, not with Damien, but with Dr. Hyde.

    Father Damien

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • Despite the inclement weather he walked from eight to ten hours every day.

    The Goose Man

    Jacob Wassermann

British Dictionary definitions for inclement


  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 inclement


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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