1. [ noun ] a disposition to be kind and forgiving
Synonyms: mercy

"in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"

Related terms: mercilessness humaneness compassion lenience forgivingness
2. [ noun ] the feeling that motivates compassion
Synonyms: mercy
Related terms: compassion forgiveness
3. [ noun ] (law) leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
Synonyms: mercy clemency

"he threw himself on the mercy of the court"

Related terms: lenience reprieve amnesty commutation
Similar spelling:   mercifully