Definition of clemency in English:



  • [mass noun] Mercy; lenience.

    ‘an appeal for clemency’
    • ‘It said Nguyen's appeals for clemency were carefully considered.’
    • ‘His record indicates, for instance, that he did not see his role as one of mercy, the traditional reason for clemency.’
    • ‘Her supporters have lodged a petition of mercy and are hoping the government will use its royal prerogative to grant clemency and release her.’
    • ‘In effect, he argues that indiscriminate clemency for murderers perverts both justice and mercy.’
    • ‘His bid for clemency failed despite frantic lobbying by his supporters.’
    • ‘He would, however, have the right to grant clemency to prisoners on federal death row, which currently houses 29 men.’
    • ‘Nine years later, after having had countless appeals and pleas for clemency rejected, Bleach, 52, is returning home.’
    • ‘They were granted an order of clemency by the king.’
    • ‘It's a proud tradition, as you know, of executive clemency that began with President Harry Truman.’
    • ‘He was freed on Friday after being granted royal clemency and immediately announced that he had been forced into confessing to the bombings.’
    • ‘Johannah was devastated and put into motion a petition for clemency.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the law is utterly silent on how, why and when this clemency should be exercised.’
    • ‘In general, convicts can file for clemency as many times as they want, but they have to wait a year or two between applications.’
    • ‘Despite his calls for clemency, it's not clear how he plans to keep his promise.’
    • ‘I have it in my hand right now from the governor's office, as to why clemency was denied.’
    • ‘When the Prison Commission discussed the virtues of parole it invoked ideas of mercy and clemency.’
    • ‘He expanded his mission, compiling a list of women who might be good candidates for clemency.’
    • ‘Self-constraint and clemency is the principle path to righteousness.’
    • ‘He is trying to raise public awareness about her plight in order to win some state-sanctioned clemency, but it might be too late.’
    • ‘Everyone in the land is slowly coming to respect Gulliver's clemency and kindness.’
    mercy, mercifulness, leniency, lenience, mildness, indulgence, forbearance, quarter
    compassion, humanity, pity, sympathy, kindness, magnanimity, benignity, charity, grace, humaneness, humanitarianism, soft-heartedness, tenderness
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Late Middle English: from Latin clementia, from clemens, clement- clement.