Mer´cy Pronunciation: mẽr´sŷ
MERCY, Practice. To be in mercy, signifies to be liable to punishment at the
discretion of the judge.
MERCY, crim. law. The total or partial remission of a punishment to which a
convict is subject. When the whole punishment is remitted, it is called a
pardon; (q.v.) when only a part of the punishment is remitted, it is
frequently a conditional pardon; or before sentence, it is called clemency
or mercy. Vide Rutherf. Inst. 224; 1 Kent, Com. 265; 3 Story, Const. Sec.
, good deed
, good offices
, good turn
, kind deed
, kind offices
, kindly act