Definition of mercy killing in English:

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mercy killing

Pronunciation: /ˈmərsē ˌkiliNG/

noun

The killing of a patient suffering from an incurable and painful disease, typically by the administration of large doses of painkilling drugs. See also euthanasia.
Example sentences
  • A legal test case has defined the limits within which doctors in the Netherlands, especially general practitioners, can agree to a patient's request for mercy killing.
  • He felt that doctors addressing genuine requests for mercy killing by their patients should not be turned into criminals.
  • In 2001 the Netherlands became the first country to legalise euthanasia, although doctors had been performing the so-called mercy killing of patients unofficially for some time.

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Syllabification: mer·cy kill·ing

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