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commutation

COMMUTATION, n.

1. Change; alteration; a passing from one state to another.

2. Exchange; the act of giving one thing for another; barter.

The use of money is to save the commutation of more bulky commodities.

3. In law, the change of a penalty or punishment from a greater to a less; as banishment instead of death.

Suits are allowable in the spiritual courts for money agreed to be given as a commutation for penance.



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COMMUTATION, n.

1. Change; alteration; a passing from one state to another.

2. Exchange; the act of giving one thing for another; barter.

The use of money is to save the commutation of more bulky commodities.

3. In law, the change of a penalty or punishment from a greater to a less; as banishment instead of death.

Suits are allowable in the spiritual courts for money agreed to be given as a commutation for penance.

COM-MU-TA'TION, n. [L. commutatio. See Commute.]

  1. Change; alteration; a passing from one state to another. – South.
  2. Exchange; the act of giving one thing for another; barter. The uses of money is to save the commutation of more bulky commodities. – Arbuthnot.
  3. In law, the change of a penalty or punishment from a greater to a less; as banishment instead of death. Suits are allowable in the spiritual courts for money agreed to be given as a commutation for penance. – Blackstone.

Com`mu*ta"tion
  1. A passing from one state to another; change; alteration; mutation.

    [R.]

    So great is the commutation that the soul then hated only that which now only it loves.
    South.

  2. The act of giving one thing for another; barter; exchange.

    [Obs.]

    The use of money is . . . that of saving the commutation of more bulky commodities.
    Arbuthnot.

  3. The change of a penalty or punishment by the pardoning power of the State; as, the commutation of a sentence of death to banishment or imprisonment.

    Suits are allowable in the spiritual courts for money agreed to be given as a commutation for penance.
    Blackstone.

  4. A substitution, as of a less thing for a greater, esp. a substitution of one form of payment for another, or one payment for many, or a specific sum of money for conditional payments or allowances; as, commutation of tithes; commutation of fares; commutation of copyright; commutation of rations.

    Angle of commutation (Astron.), the difference of the geocentric longitudes of the sun and a planet. -- Commutation of tithes, the substitution of a regular payment, chargeable to the land, for the annual tithes in kind. -- Commutation ticket, a ticket, as for transportation, which is the evidence of a contract for service at a reduced rate. See 2d Commute, 2.

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Commutation

COMMUTATION, noun

1. Change; alteration; a passing from one state to another.

2. Exchange; the act of giving one thing for another; barter.

The use of money is to save the commutation of more bulky commodities.

3. In law, the change of a penalty or punishment from a greater to a less; as banishment instead of death.

Suits are allowable in the spiritual courts for money agreed to be given as a commutation for penance.

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IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

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