Meaning of non-clergyable in English:


Pronunciation /ˌnɒnˈkləːdʒɪəbl/


historical, rare Law
  • Of an offence: not admitting of a plea of benefit of clergy (and therefore disallowing an exemption or more lenient sentence); = unclergyable . Opposed to clergyable.

    Almost always used with reference to the extended application of ‘benefit of clergy’ to first-time offenders: see note at unclergyable.


Early 19th century. From non- + clergyable.