- An example of a commutation is ordering French fries instead of whatever potato is listed as coming with the meal.
- An example of a commutation is a change in the sentence of a prisoner from death to life in prison without parole.
The definition of commutation is the act of substitution or the substitution.
- an exchange; substitution
- the substitution of one kind of payment for another
- the payment made
- the act of traveling as a commuter, esp. by using a commutation ticket
- Elec. the repeated reversal of the direction of a current by a commutator
- Law a change of a sentence or punishment to one that is less severe
Origin of commutationMiddle English and Old French commutacion from Classical Latin commutatio, a changing from commutatus, past participle of commutare, commute
- A substitution, exchange, or interchange.
- a. The substitution of one kind of payment for another.b. The payment substituted.
- The travel of a commuter.
- Electricity a. Conversion of alternating to unidirectional current.b. Reversal of current direction.
- Law Reduction of a penalty to a less severe one.
Origin of commutationMiddle English commutacioun from Latin commūtātiō commūtātiōn- from commūtātus past participle of commūtāre to alter, exchange ; see commute .
- (formal or archaic) Substitution of one thing for another; interchange.
- Specifically, the substitution of one kind of payment for another, especially a switch to monetary payment from obligations of labour.
- (law) The change to a lesser penalty or punishment by the State
- (linguistics) Substitution, as a means of discriminating between phonemes.
- (electronics) The reversal of an electric current.