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[Anglo-French amerciment, from amercier to fine, from Old French a merci at one's mercy]
: a fine or damages imposed at the discretion of the court
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.