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commute vt

1 : to convert (as a payment) into another form
2 : to change (a penalty) to one less severe esp. out of clemency compare pardon
com·mu·ta·tion [kÄ -myə-tā-shən]

com·mu·ta·tive [kə-myü-tə-tiv, kÄ -myə-tā-tiv]

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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