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May 11, 2016
This week’s theme
Forgotten positives

This week’s words
licit
peccable
clement
effable
scrutable

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clement

PRONUNCIATION:
(KLEM-uhnt)

MEANING:
adjective: Mild; gentle; lenient.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin clemens (gentle, mild). Earliest documented use: 1483.

USAGE:
“When the alpine grasses go brown, when the frosts hit, when the snow flies, the elk have got to come down from these highlands and all the others to find more clement conditions.”
David Quammen; Into the Backcountry; National Geographic (Washington, DC); May 2016.

See more usage examples of clement in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

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