What does the word commutation mean?

Usage examples for commutation

  1. The army became more unpopular than ever, and during the summer and fall many town- meetings were held in New England, condemning the Commutation Act. – The Critical Period of American History by John Fiske
  2. At best, even with the full benefit of the commutation time- which will hardly be granted me, in view of the attitude of the prison management- I still have over nine years to serve. – Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist by Alexander Berkman
  3. He personally contributed to the defence of Arabi, and his efforts led to the commutation of the sentence of death to that of perpetual exile in Ceylon- a sentence which was subsequently very much modified. – History Of Egypt From 330 B.C. To The Present Time, Volume 12 (of 12) by S. Rappoport