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"clemency" in British English

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clemencynoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈklem.ən.si/ formal
  • clemency noun [U] (KINDNESS)

kindness when giving a ​punishment: The ​jurypassed a ​verdict of ​guilty, with an ​appeal to the ​judge for clemency.
(Definition of clemency from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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clemencynoun [U]

 us   /ˈklem·ən·si/
an ​act of ​mercy by a ​person in ​authority toward someone who has ​committed a ​crime, esp. by ​reducing a ​punishment: The ​governorrefused to ​grant him clemency, and he was ​executed at 9 a.m. ​yesterday.
(Definition of clemency from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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