Mercy (Middle English, from Anglo-French merci, from Medieval Latin merced-, merces, from Latin, "price paid, wages", from merc-, merxi "merchandise") can refer both to compassionate behaviour on the part of those in power (e.g. ...
The quality of mercy or forgiveness, especially in the assignment of punishment as in a court case; An act of being lenient
(lenient) lax; tolerant of deviation; permissive; not strict
Recommendation for a sentence less than the maximum allowed.
The tendency to perceive the job performance of ratees as especially good.
An evaluation error in which an evaluator has a tendency to rate a person higher than that person should be rated.