mer·​ci·​ful·​ly | \-f(ə-)lē \

Definition of mercifully 

1 : in a merciful manner

2 : fortunately sense 2 mercifully we didn't have to attend the meeting

Examples of mercifully in a Sentence

His crimes have been dealt with mercifully. Mercifully, the professor always makes our tests easy.

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That means the people who manage Oscar campaigns for films — which are a lot like political campaigns, but with mercifully shorter timelines — are keen to position their movies properly in the minds of Oscar voters. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Why A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody aren’t musicals, according to the Golden Globes," 6 Dec. 2018 Now, as Google continues to roll out its call-screening tech to Google Pixel devices, the robots are mercifully turning phone calls into text. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Finally, the Robots Are Turning Phone Calls Into Text Chats," 3 Dec. 2018 The menu also features monkey brain, which, mercifully, is just hamachi and prosciutto. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "From hot ramen to hotter hot pot: 30 restaurant openings in Seattle and on the Eastside," 28 Nov. 2018 The traffic, mercifully, is practically nonexistent. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Finding the Bali You Came For," 16 Nov. 2018 The worst kept smartphone secret of the year has finally and mercifully been unveiled, and to no one's surprise... there aren't many surprises. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has a better S Pen, smarter camera, and astronomical price," 9 Aug. 2018 That said, there is mercifully little, overall, about the inner journey. Sara Wheeler, WSJ, "‘The White Darkness’ Review: Coming in From the Cold," 25 Oct. 2018 After a lengthy battle, the waste was mercifully gone as of Thursday — removed one truckload at a time — but little Parrish is left with the sting of feeling as if no one cared that all of this excrement was left on its doorstep. Erin Shaw Street, Washington Post, "A ‘poop train’ from New York befouled a small Alabama town, until the town fought back," 20 Apr. 2018 Thankfully, our fine city is flush with dining and drinking options, many of them mercifully situated just around the corner from your favorite music venue. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "12 places to grab food and drinks around our favorite music venues in Chicago," 18 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of mercifully

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of mercifully

: in a kind or merciful way

: in a good or lucky way

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