full of mercy; characterized by, expressing, or showing mercy; compassionate: a merciful God.

1250–1300; Middle English; see mercy, -ful

mercifully, adverb
mercifulness, noun
overmerciful, adjective
overmercifully, adverb
overmercifulness, noun

kind, clement, lenient, forgiving, benignant, tender, sympathetic.

cruel, relentless. Unabridged
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merciful (ˈmɜːsɪfʊl)
showing or giving mercy; compassionate

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Word Origin & History

c.1300; see mercy + -ful. Related: Mercifully.
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Example sentences
Each state's closure had its own financial logic, but collectively they proved merciful.
We must prayerfully and reverentially practice a merciful severity.
Student, students are merciful and recognised they chew something.
Usually tried to tackle them head on, often stopped cars with merciful drivers.
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