1. Lenient or merciful; charitable.
    • 1611 April (first recorded performance), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Cymbeline”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene iv], page 393 ↗, column 2:
      I know you are more clement than vilde{{sic
    • a 1891, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, published 1924, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 18,
      Your clement sentence they would account pusillanimous.
  2. Mild (said of weather and similar circumstances).
    • 1984, Edna O'Brien, "The Bachelor" in A Fanatic Heart, New York: Plume, p. 66,
      The weather is clement, though there was a downpour yesterday and I was obliged to take precautions.
    • 1992, A. B. Yehoshua, Mr. Mani, translated by Hillel Halkin, New York: Doubleday, pp. 314-5,
      The earth was still dry and the air was perfectly clement.
Antonyms Related terms Translations
  • German: nachsichtig
  • Russian: милосе́рдный
  • German: mild
  • Russian: мя́гкий

Proper noun
  1. A male given name, borne by an early pope and by several saints.
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, […] (King James Version), imprinted at London: By Robert Barker, […], OCLC 964384981 ↗:
      : Philippians 4:3:
      And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.
  2. Surname
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