- The act of showing mercy or leniency, especially in regard to punishment.
- The quality of being merciful, lenient, or mild, especially in regard to punishment.
From the latin clementia ("mercy, leniency, mildness"), from clemens ("merciful, mild"). the term clemency was first used in english in the 16th century to refer to the act of showing mercy or leniency, especially in regard to punishment.
- The judge showed clemency and reduced the sentence.
- The governor granted clemency to the convicted man.
- The prisoner pleaded for clemency.
- The prisoner's clemency petition was denied.
- The king showed clemency to the defeated enemy.