executive clemency

Definition of "executive clemency"
  1. The authority given to a president or governor to forgive a crime or reduce the punishment
How to use "executive clemency" in a sentence
  1. The governor decided to exercise executive clemency for the first time by pardoning a convicted felon.
  2. The request for executive clemency was denied, and the prisoner was to serve the full sentence.
  3. Many argued that the use of executive clemency was politically motivated.

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