Definition of inclement in English:



  • (of the weather) unpleasantly cold or wet.

    ‘walkers should be prepared for inclement weather’
    • ‘Filming occurred over two days last week but inclement weather on Friday last meant that most of the scenes were shot on Saturday.’
    • ‘Game four saw more inclement weather, only this time it was in the form of a brutal heat wave that swept through the Midwest.’
    • ‘But when the weather is inclement, you either have to inure yourself to the cold and wet or stay in with a good book or a jigsaw.’
    • ‘My study will finally be used for more than just slogging through essays and drying clothes in inclement weather.’
    • ‘During inclement weather, road conditions can vary markedly in different sections of town.’
    • ‘The inclement weather did not dampen the spirits of the holiday crowd which thronged the leisure corridor.’
    • ‘Despite inclement weather in some of our centres, ceremonies and wreath layings were attended by all age groups.’
    • ‘The Mass will only be moved indoors if the weather is inclement.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, with the inclement weather, the fantasy of foxy local fauna out in boots and rucksacks wasn't realised.’
    • ‘Thanks also to the collectors who gave so generously of their time in inclement weather without complaint.’
    • ‘Jojoba oil can be used as a gentle lotion to sooth and repair chapped lips and damaged skin due to inclement weather conditions.’
    • ‘The programme is also a great choice for the cyclist who wants to take an outdoor programme inside during inclement weather.’
    • ‘Despite the inclement weather all the participants went away happy after their four days of activity and fun.’
    • ‘Because of last week's inclement weather some areas previously searched were revisited yesterday.’
    • ‘It was cancelled two weeks ago because of the inclement weather.’
    • ‘Though Kent will rue not securing the win, they will point to the inclement weather of the opening three days when 128 overs were lost to rain.’
    • ‘A good but not perfect system since traffic problems and inclement weather sometimes cause production delays.’
    • ‘The inclement weather has kept us out of the garden today, with high, cold winds and torrential rain limiting activity to the greenhouse.’
    • ‘Despite the inclement weather all participants enjoyed the day in particular the lunch at Clogh Resource Centre.’
    • ‘Attendances at the Kildare County Show were good at the weekend despite somewhat inclement weather.’
    cold, chilly, bitter, bleak, raw, wintry, freezing, snowy, icy
    wet, rainy, drizzly, damp
    stormy, blustery, wild, rough, squally, tempestuous, windy
    unpleasant, bad, foul, nasty, filthy, severe, extreme, harsh, adverse
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Early 17th century: from French inclément or Latin inclement-, from in- not + clement- clement.