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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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 The Orioles have a much better .273 winning percentage this season, which projects to a heady 44 victories by the time this season mercifully ends Sept. 30. Peter Schmuck,, "Schmuck: With Ravens waiting in the wings, this is perfect year to punt early on the Orioles," 7 July 2018 Temperatures will be up a bit, but skies will remain mostly sunny and humidity mercifully low. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "PM Update: Showers end and humidity dwindles as we head into a near-perfect weekend," 6 July 2018 Corchado's progressive leanings and preoccupation with cultural identity mercifully leave light traces on his narrative. Jill Leovy,, "A personal perspective on Mexico's mass exodus to the United States," 2 July 2018 Finally, mercifully, Bethenny Frankel pulled the shades from Ramona’s eyes and explained exactly why the controversial photo was so awful for Luann., "Did Ramona Singer Finally Have A Breakthrough On RHONY?," 28 June 2018 Back in 2015, when the Dodge Avenger was mercifully relegated to a footnote in Fiat Chrysler history, the last models sold for more than 15 percent off the sticker price, a savings of roughly $4,000. Kyle Stock,, "The Sedan is Dying, So It’s Time to Buy One," 25 June 2018 After interviewing these 43 women, who attended Northwestern between 1989 and 1993, the authors—mercifully—don’t draw any polemical conclusions about what women want. Laura Vanderkam, WSJ, "‘The Ambition Decisions’ Review: After a Diploma, Tough Choices," 18 June 2018

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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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