mer·​ci·​ful·​ly | \ ˈmər-si-f(ə-)lē How to pronounce mercifully (audio) \

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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In the video above the German frigate Karlsruhe fires off its Super Rapid Bloom Offboard Countermeasures Chaff and Decoy System—mercifully shortened to SRBOC. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What a Navy Ship's Last-Ditch Defense Looks Like," 29 Sep. 2016 Uniqlo’s waterproof overcoat exudes the kind of monkish minimalism that, mercifully, is not light on style. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "His, Hers, Ours: Chic Cold-Weather Basics Beloved by All," 3 Jan. 2019 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

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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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