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mercy

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

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.

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WE may get fed up with some fans of our two main clubs still living in the 1600s but we should be grateful for small mercies - at least that's AD.
But perhaps we should be grateful for small mercies.
Taylor said: "We need to be grateful for small mercies. I felt pretty flat after the game but not as bad as coming back from our 4-0 defeat by Wales.