I met the following sentence in a dictionary.

In this respect, the outcomes of these cases may be contrasted with the much less forgiving reactions of juries in livestock theft prosecutions.

I'm a little confused by much less forgiving reactions. Does the author mean the reactions are forgiving or not forgiving? As I understand, less gives a negative sense, so less forgiving probably means not forgiving? But I doubt if I'm right. Hope someone could clarify a bit. Thanks in advance.

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It means the reactions are not forgiving, "much" modifies "less" in this usage. similar to if it were "even less forgiving". It indicates a smaller degree of forgiving.

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