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Full of mercy; compassionate: sought merciful treatment for the captives.

mer′ci·ful·ly adv.
mer′ci·ful·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.mercifulness - the feeling that motivates compassionmercifulness - the feeling that motivates compassion
compassion, compassionateness - a deep awareness of and sympathy for another's suffering
forgiveness - compassionate feelings that support a willingness to forgive
2.mercifulness - a disposition to be kind and forgiving; "in those days a wife had to depend on the mercifulness of her husband"
humaneness - the quality of compassion or consideration for others (people or animals)
compassion, pity - the humane quality of understanding the suffering of others and wanting to do something about it
forgivingness, kindness - tendency to be kind and forgiving
lenience, leniency, lenity, mildness - mercifulness as a consequence of being lenient or tolerant
unmercifulness, mercilessness - inhumaneness evidenced by an unwillingness to be kind or forgiving
3.mercifulness - leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justicemercifulness - leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice; "he threw himself on the mercy of the court"
lenience, leniency - lightening a penalty or excusing from a chore by judges or parents or teachers
re-sentencing, commutation - (law) the reduction in severity of a punishment imposed by law
free pardon, pardon, amnesty - the formal act of liberating someone
quarter - clemency or mercy shown to a defeated opponent; "he surrendered but asked for quarter"
reprieve, respite - the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment


Kind, forgiving, or compassionate treatment of or disposition toward others:
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Known for his mercifulness and empathy with defendants, Judge Al Hammadi advised new comers to have a great sense of patience and give suspects the full right to defend themselves.