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English definition of “merciful”

merciful

adjective (PERSON)    /ˈmɜː.sɪ.fəl/ US  /ˈmɝː-/ approving
C2 someone who is merciful is willing to be kind to and forgive people who are in their power: "God is merciful," said the priest. a merciful rulerLenient and merciful mercifully     /-i/ adverb approving His illness was mercifully brief.Good luck and bad luckLenient and merciful
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