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Dictionary definition for: Merciful

1. (a) showing or giving mercy; "sought merciful treatment for the captives" "a merciful god"

2. (s) characterized by mercy, and compassion; "compassionate toward disadvantaged people" "kind to animals" "a humane judge"

3. (s) used conventionally of royalty and high nobility; "our merciful king"

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