Mercy: n. being (tolerant and/or compassionate) and/or forgiving when punishment is earned and frequently towards a minor’s misbehavior(s)
When offspring deserve punishment being merciful sometimes means no punishment at all or punishing less severely than expected or justified. It is smart to ask offspring to promise not to do the misdeed again before showing mercy and not punishing.
Fining someone less than the specified maximum fine can also be considered to be a merciful act and some even feel that mercy is punishing a criminal less than what the maximum punishment should be.
In the catholic religion confessing your wrongdoing frequently results in merciful forgiveness of your transgressions and you are not punished for them.
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