Compassion leads you to have mercy, which is like forgiveness. If you have mercy on someone, you let them off the hook or are kind to them somehow.

This is a quality that has to do with compassion, forgiveness, and leniency. If convicted of a crime, you might plead for the judge's mercy, meaning a lesser punishment. When people say "May God have mercy on me!" they're asking for forgiveness. Mercy may be given or received. You might show your little cousin mercy by not forcing him to eat a worm. People jokingly say a bad singer is showing mercy if she ends the show early.

Definitions of mercy
  1. noun
    a disposition to be kind and forgiving
    synonyms: mercifulness
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    mercilessness, unmercifulness
    inhumaneness evidenced by an unwillingness to be kind or forgiving
    compassion, pity
    the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
    forgivingness, kindness
    tendency to be kind and forgiving
    lenience, leniency, lenity, mildness
    mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant
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    the quality of compassion or consideration for others (people or animals)
  2. noun
    the feeling that motivates compassion
    synonyms: mercifulness
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    compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive
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    compassion, compassionateness
    a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
  3. noun
    something for which to be thankful
    “it was a mercy we got out alive”
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    blessing, boon
    a desirable state
  4. noun
    alleviation of distress; showing great kindness toward the distressed
    “distributing food and clothing to the flood victims was an act of mercy
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    ministration, relief, succor, succour
    assistance in time of difficulty
  5. noun
    leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice
    “he threw himself on the mercy of the court”
    synonyms: clemency, mercifulness
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    commutation, re-sentencing
    (law) the reduction in severity of a punishment imposed by law
    amnesty, free pardon, pardon
    the formal act of liberating someone
    clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent
    reprieve, respite
    the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
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    lenience, leniency
    lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers
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