- The definition of merciful is someone who is caring, compassionate, and gentle with discipline.
An example of merciful is a principal who gives detention instead of suspending students.
merciful definition by Webster's New World
full of mercy; having, feeling, or showing mercy; compassionate; lenient; clement
merciful definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Full of mercy; compassionate: sought merciful treatment for the captives. See Synonyms at humane.
- merˈci·ful·ly adverb
- merˈci·ful·ness noun