- The definition of commutation is the act of substitution or the substitution.
- 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.
commutation definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English and amp; Old French commutacion ; from Classical Latin commutatio, a changing ; from commutatus, past participle of commutare, commute
commutation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle English commutacioun, from Latin commūtātiō, commūtātiōn-, from commūtātus, past participle of commūtāre, to alter, exchange; see commute.
commutation - Legal Definition