- Commutation Com`mu*ta"tion, n. [L. commutatio: cf. F.
1. A passing from one state to another; change; alteration;
So great is the commutation that the soul then hated only that which now only it loves. --South. [1913 Webster]
2. The act of giving one thing for another; barter; exchange. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The use of money is . . . that of saving the commutation of more bulky commodities. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]
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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.