|1.||[ noun ] a disposition to be kind and forgiving|
"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|
|Related terms:||compassion forgiveness|
|3.||[ noun ] (law) leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice|
"he threw himself on the mercy of the court"
|Related terms:||lenience reprieve amnesty commutation|