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I would say definition rather than translation. That is, in the Abhidhamma's treatment of the second factor of the Eightfold Path, thoughts of non-ill-will (abyāpāda-vitakkā) are equated with thoughts of mettā, and thoughts of non-harming (avihimsā-vitakkā) are equated with thoughts of karuṇā.
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