The definition of clemency is the act of showing mercy or kindness to an offender or enemy.
Forgiving someone of a past wrongdoing is an example of clemency.
- forbearance, leniency, or mercy, as toward an offender or enemy
- a merciful or lenient act
- mildness, as of weather
Origin of clemencyMiddle English clemencie from Classical Latin clementia from clemens, merciful
- A disposition to show mercy, especially toward an offender or enemy. See Synonyms at mercy.
- A merciful, kind, or lenient act.
- Mildness, especially of weather.
(usually uncountable, plural clemencies)
From Latin clementia.
clemency - Legal Definition
- An act of mercy or leniency.
- The grant by the president or by the governor of a state of an amnesty, pardon, or reprieve or of a commutation of a criminal sentence.