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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 mer·ci·ful·ly /-f(ə)li/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Mer·ci·ful a.
 1. Full of mercy; having or exercising mercy; disposed to pity and spare offenders; unwilling to punish.  Opposite of merciless.
    The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious.   --Ex. xxxiv. 6.
    Be merciful, great duke, to men of mold.   --Shak.
 2. Unwilling to give pain; compassionate.
    A merciful man will be merciful to his beast.   --Old Proverb.
 Syn: -- Compassionate; tender; humane; gracious; kind; mild; clement; benignant.
 -- Mer*ci*ful*ly, adv. -- Mer*ci*ful*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      adv 1: in a manner that may be cruel but avoids suffering; "we more
             mercifully had our bouncing betties go off at the
      2: in a compassionate manner; "he dealt with the thief
         mercifully" [syn: with mercy, showing mercy]