mercy killing

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mercy killing

n.
Euthanasia.
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A popular term for the termination of a person’s life as a humane act
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mercy killing

Medical ethics The termination of a person's life as a humane act. See Euthanasia.
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mer·cy kill·ing

(mĕr'sē kil'ing)
The intentional putting to death of a person with an incurable or painful disease, intended as an act of mercy.
Compare: euthanasia
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mercy killing

EUTHANASIA.
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