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Definition of merciful adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1ready to forgive people and show them kindness synonym humane a merciful God They asked her to be merciful to the prisoners.
  2. 2(of an event) seeming to be lucky, especially because it brings an end to someone's problems or suffering Death came as a merciful release. see also mercy
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: merciful