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commute -- as in: commute the sentence
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as in: commute the sentence Define
to exchange a penalty for one that is less severe
  • The governor commuted the death sentence to life imprisonment.
  • The Justice Department strongly opposed the petition, but the President commuted the 12-year sentence—cutting it in half.
  • But the doctor, a Captain Ono, asked the commanding officer if he would commute the sentence and give the man over to him, for purposes of instruction.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Colonel Aureliano Buendia, in spite of the violent recriminations of Ursula, refused to commute the sentence.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude

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  • He was initially sentenced to life imprisonment, but his sentence was commuted to twenty years in 1973, of which he served only ten.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • She asked for commutation as an act of mercy.
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as in: commute from New Jersey Define
a regular journey of some distance -- typically between home and work
as in: commute the sentence Define
to exchange a penalty for one that is less severe
as in: commutative property of addition Define
math: the order in which two numbers are added or multiplied does not change their sum or product (2+3=3+2) and (47=74)
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