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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Full of mercy; compassionate: sought merciful treatment for the captives. See Synonyms at humane.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. showing mercy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Full of mercy; having or exercising mercy; disposed to pity and spare offenders; unwilling to punish. Opposite of merciless.
  • adj. Unwilling to give pain; compassionate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Possessing the attribute of mercy; exercising forbearance or pity; not revengeful or cruel; clement; compassionate; gracious.
  • Charaoterized by mercy; manifesting clemency or compassion; giving relief from danger, need, or suffering.
  • Synonyms Humane, Merciful (see humane), lenient, mild, tender-hearted.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. showing or giving mercy
  • adj. (used conventionally of royalty and high nobility) gracious

Etymologies

mercy +‎ -ful (Wiktionary)

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