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merciful +‎ -ly


mercifully (comparative more mercifully, superlative most mercifully)

  1. In a merciful manner.
  2. thankfully
    • 2014, Steve Rose, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: a primate scream - first look review", The Guardian, 1 July 2014:
      The whole Planet of the Apes set-up has been ripe for metaphor – from slavery and Afro-American revolution to European conquest of the Americas, even the war on terror. But mercifully, there's no big subtext being troweled on here.