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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Merciful  \Mer"ci*ful\,  a.  [Mercy  +  -ful.] 
  1.  Full  of  mercy;  having  or  exercising  mercy;  disposed  to 
  pity  and  spare  offenders;  unwilling  to  punish. 
  The  Lord,  the  Lord  God,  merciful  and  gracious.  --Ex. 
  xxxiv  6. 
  Be  merciful,  great  duke,  to  men  of  mold.  --Shak. 
  2.  Unwilling  to  give  pain;  compassionate. 
  A  merciful  man  will  be  merciful  to  his  beast.  --Old 
  Syn:  Compassionate;  tender;  humane;  gracious;  kind  mild; 
  clement;  benignant.  --  {Mer"ci*ful*ly},  adv  -- 
  {Mer"ci*ful*ness},  n. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  showing  or  giving  mercy;  "sought  merciful  treatment  for  the 
  captives";  "a  merciful  god"  [ant:  {merciless}] 
  2:  characterized  by  mercy,  and  compassion;  "compassionate 
  toward  disadvantaged  people";  "kind  to  animals";  "a  humane 
  judge"  [syn:  {kind}] 
  3:  used  conventionally  of  royalty  and  high  nobility;  "our 
  merciful  king" 

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