commute
com·mute /kə-'myüt/ vt com·mut·ed, com·mut·ing
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 /ˌkä-myə-'tā-shən/ n
com·mu·ta·tive /kə-'myü-tə-tiv, 'kä-myə-ˌtā-tiv/ adj

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

commute
I verb abate, abbreviate, abridge, allay, alleviate, alter, ameliorate, bate, change, change penalties, curtail, cut, decrease a punishment, dilute diminish, ease, exchange, exchange penalties, lessen, lighten, limit, make less extreme, make less harsh, make less intense, make less rigorous, make less rough, make less severe, make lighter, make milder, meliorate, minimize, mitigate, modify sentence, palliate, reduce, reduce a punishment, reduce in asperity, relax severity, relieve, render less difficult, shorten, shrink, slacken, slash, soften, substitute, temper, tone down, trim, truncate associated concepts: commute a sentence II index alter, convert (change use), replace, transform

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


commute
v.
To replace or change; to replace a criminal sentence with a lighter one.
n.
commutation

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

Synonyms:
/ (a greater punishment by a less)


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