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mercy

a prerogative power exercised by the Home Secretary to allow a sentence to be commuted, remitted or suspended.
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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. 1488.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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At the restart there was again a ferocious period of play with neither side giving quarter. But Billingham's better discipline at the break down and more skilful individual play eventually showed through and try as they might, Acklam could not make their possession and commitment tell.
It is understandable that a soldier would have trouble giving quarter to an enemy who has killed his friends and comrades.