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clemency (noun) not being severe; lenient (in matters of punishment).

When you are lenient and do not wish to be severe in giving punishments, you show clemency. Clemency is thus the tendency not to be severe in punishing or to show kindness to those undergoing punishment. A judge shows clemency if they are not for punishing an offender severely and let them off with the minimum punishment.

  • The judge is known for his clemency, and usually imposes the least severe punishment possible under law, on offenders.
  • Judges differ in their attitude to punishment. While some feel that clemency might bring about a change of heart in the criminals, others maintain, mild punishments and kindness in the name of clemency might encourage offenders to turn habitual.
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