commutation commutation  /ˌkɑm jə ˈteɪ ʃən/


  1. (n) the travel of a commuter
  2. (n) a warrant substituting a lesser punishment for a greater one
  3. (n) (law) the reduction in severity of a punishment imposed by law
  4. (n) the act of putting one thing or person in the place of another:


  1. A commutation lessens the severity of the punishment.
  2. Kenneth Foster, whose death sentence has raised international protest, won a rare commutation to life in prison.
  3. Hours before his scheduled execution as an accomplice to murder, Kenneth Foster won a rare commutation today.


  1. A.M. Best Downgrades the Ratings of OHIC Insurance Company

    OLDWICK, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A.M. Best Co. has downgraded the financial strength rating to A- (Excellent) from A (Excellent) and the issuer credit rating to “a-” from “a” of OHIC Insurance Company (OHIC) (Columbus, OH). The outlook for all ratings is stable. The rating downgrades reflect the commutation of the 90% quota share reinsurance contract that OHIC had in place with ultimate parent ...
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Business Wire

  2. INMATE COMMUTATION: Branstad Denies Seven Applicants

    Governor Branstad has denied seven applications from Iowa inmates seeking commutation. Three of the applicants are serving life sentences for...
    on June 11, 2013     Source: WHO-TV 13 Des Moines

  3. Gov. Branstad denies commutation for seven felons, including Cedar County man

    Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on Monday denied seven applications for the commutation of prison sentences.
    on June 11, 2013     Source: The Iowa City Press-Citizen


  1. "If I could have known nine years ago that this guy was capable of something of this magnitude, obviously I would never have granted the commutation," Mr Huckabee said on Monday.
    on Dec 1, 2009 By: Mike Huckabee Source: Sydney Morning Herald

  2. "As Independence Day nears, we are reminded that one of the principles our forefathers fought for was equal justice under law," said Sen. Charles Schumer of New York. "This commutation completely tramples on that principle."
    on Jul 6, 2007 By: Charles Schumer Source: Yahoo! News

  3. "The President's commutation of Scooter Libby's prison sentence does not serve justice, condones criminal conduct, and is a betrayal of trust of the American people," Nancy Pelosi, Democratic leader in the House of Representatives, said in a...
    on Jul 2, 2007 By: Nancy Pelosi Source: The Australian

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