clem·en·cy /'kle-mən-sē/ n pl -cies
1: willingness or ability to moderate the severity of a punishment (as a sentence)
2: an act or instance of mercy, compassion, or forgiveness see also amnesty, commute, pardon, reprieve

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun absolution, amnesty, benefaction, beneficence, benevolence, benignity, charity, dementia, clementness, commutation, compassion, consideration, decency, disposition to mercy, disposition to pardon, excuse, exemption, extenuation, forbearance, forgiveness, forgivingness, generosity, generousness, gentleness, good will, grace, humaneness, humanity, indemnity, indulgence, kindness, lenience, leniency, lenity, liberality, magnanimity, magnanimousness, mansuetuda, mercifulness, mercy, obligingness, pardon, pardoning, purgation, release, reprieve, respite, temperance, tolerance, toleration, willingness to forgive associated concepts: clemency by the Governor, clemency by the President of the United States, Executive clemency II index benevolence (disposition to do good), charity, condonation, consideration (sympathetic regard), grace, humanity (humaneness), indulgence, lenience, pardon

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

Mercy, forgiveness, or leniency.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

1 An act of mercy or leniency.
2 The grant by the president or by the governor of a state of an amnesty, pardon, or reprieve or of a commutation of a criminal sentence.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

Leniency or mercy. A power given to a public official, such as a governor or the president, to in some way lower or moderate the harshness of punishment imposed upon a prisoner.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

Leniency or mercy. A power given to a public official, such as a governor or the president, to in some way lower or moderate the harshness of punishment imposed upon a prisoner.

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