Commuted
Commute Com*mute" (k[o^]m*m[=u]t"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Commuted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Commuting}.] [L. commutare, -mutatum; com- + mutare to change. See {Mutation}.] 1. To exchange; to put or substitute something else in place of, as a smaller penalty, obligation, or payment, for a greater, or a single thing for an aggregate; hence, to lessen; to diminish; as, to commute a sentence of death to one of imprisonment for life; to commute tithes; to commute charges for fares. [1913 Webster]

The sounds water and fire, being once annexed to those two elements, it was certainly more natural to call beings participating of the first ``watery'', and the last ``fiery'', than to commute the terms, and call them by the reverse. --J. Harris [1913 Webster]

The utmost that could be obtained was that her sentence should be commuted from burning to beheading. --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]


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