Commutation meaning

kŏmyə-tāshən
Frequency:
(law) Reduction of a penalty to a less severe one.
noun
1
0
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.

noun
0
0
A substitution, exchange, or interchange.
noun
0
0
The travel of a commuter.
noun
0
0
An exchange; substitution.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
The act of traveling as a commuter, esp. by using a commutation ticket.
noun
0
0
(elec.) The repeated reversal of the direction of a current by a commutator.
noun
0
0
(law) A change of a sentence or punishment to one that is less severe.
noun
0
0
In criminal law, the president’s or governor’s substitution of a less severe punishment for a greater one that was imposed by a court in a criminal action. See also amnesty, pardon, and reprieve.
noun
0
0
(formal or archaic) Substitution of one thing for another; interchange.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
Specifically, the substitution of one kind of payment for another, especially a switch to monetary payment from obligations of labour.
noun
0
0
(law) The change to a lesser penalty or punishment by the State.
noun
0
0
(linguistics) Substitution, as a means of discriminating between phonemes.
noun
0
0
(electronics) The reversal of an electric current.
noun
0
0

Origin of commutation

  • Middle English commutacioun from Latin commūtātiō commūtātiōn- from commūtātus past participle of commūtāre to alter, exchange commute

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French commutation, from Latin commūtātiōnem, accusative singular of commūtātiō.

    From Wiktionary