Definition of clemency in English:



  • Mercy; lenience.

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