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English definition of “commutation”

commutation

noun [U]     /ˌkɒm.jʊˈteɪ.ʃən/ US  /ˌkɑː.mjə-/ specialized
the act of changing a punishment to one that is less severe: His execution became certain when the state board refused his request for commutation.Not punishing and reducing punishment
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