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Some called her death a mercy killing.
Recent Examples on the Web The doctor carried out the mercy killing with her family’s consent and support. Washington Post, "World Digest: Sept. 11, 2019," 11 Sep. 2019 The woman later gave mixed signals about her desire to die, but the doctor, in close consultation with the woman’s family, decided to go ahead with the mercy killing. Mike Corder, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Dutch Supreme Court asked to clarify euthanasia case," 26 Sep. 2019 In the Bollinger case, a handicapped baby was refused a lifesaving operation in Chicago in 1915, touching off a national debate over mercy killing the mentally disabled. Grazie Pozo Christie, National Review, "When Does the Right to Die Become the Duty to Die?," 13 Feb. 2018 After both of those mercy kill eliminations, there's only one more woman cut at the actual rose ceremony this week: poor Bibi. Ashley Iaconetti, Cosmopolitan, "Bachelor Recap: You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks," 16 Jan. 2018 In fact, the roots of mercy killing in modern times are lodged in the unsavory and downright savage practices of the last century. Grazie Pozo Christie, National Review, "When Does the Right to Die Become the Duty to Die?," 13 Feb. 2018 Spirit Airlines has since come out to deny any wrongdoing, saying that while Aldecosea was misinformed initially by the airline initially, a gate representative did not suggest mercy killing Pebbles. Sarah Weldon, Cosmopolitan, "This College Student Flushed Her Emotional Support Hamster Down the Toilet After Spirit Airlines Allegedly Refused to Let it Board," 8 Feb. 2018

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1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Mercy killing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mercy killing

: the killing of someone who is very sick or injured in order to prevent any further suffering

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