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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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mend (iOS, free with in-app purchases) IT'S mercifully been a while since I've had to endure a break up, but just in case, I'll be keeping this one on the wish-list Mend is a self-help app that hopes to guide you through and beyond the pain and trauma caused by a romantic uncoupling especially if it wasn't your idea.
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In the late 1960s, a mercifully small group of obsessive weirdos made it their life's mission to rummage through Bob Dylan's trash.
A MAN has been jailed after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicle taking and dangerous driving, in which "mercifully" nobody was injured.
Paul says, and work mercifully to correct all systemic exclusion that exists still in our church worldwide.
Mercifully, Shanley has done an excellent job of directing his own play in its premiere at Manhattan Theater Club, entrusting the role of this overindulged youth to the extraordinarily gifted 20-year-old Tlmothee Chalamet ("Homeland").
Their salty taste was below par, though mercifully not as tainted as some chips I've had this year.
Mercifully, there's less of the disturbing violence of the previous series - so far.
HEADTEACHERS have offered their condolences to the family of teacher Ann Maguire, who was stabbed to death in her classroom, as they said that such incidents are "mercifully rare".
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