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Definition of mercifully adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    mercifully

     adverb
    adverb
    NAmE//ˈmərsɪfli//
     
    , NAmE//ˈmərsɪfəli//
     
     
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  1. 1used to show that you feel someone or something is lucky because a situation could have been much worse synonym thankfully Deaths from the disease are mercifully rare. Mercifully, everyone arrived on time.
  2. 2in a kind way He was treated mercifully.
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