mercy killing meaning

  "mercy killing" in a sentence
Noun: mercy killing  'mursee'kiling
  1. The act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)
    - euthanasia

Derived forms: mercy killings

Type of: kill, killing, putting to death

Encyclopedia: Mercy killing

[American slang]
n. phr. The act of killing a terminally ill patient or animal in order to avoid further suffering. Mercy killing of humans is illegal in most countries, yet many doctors practice it secretly.

The act or practice of killing or allowing death from natural causes,for reasons of mercy,i.e.,in order to release a person from incurable disease,intolerable suffering,or undignified death. (from Beauchamp and Walters,Contemporary Issues in Bioethics,5th ed) n : EUTHANASIA


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  1. in a word, the legislation of mercy killing is suitable for gradualness
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  3. in social ethics, it is reasonable to enforce mercy killing, which doesn't violate against the principles of modern morality and humanity
  4. Those guidelines say that only physicians can carry out mercy killings.
  5. Parliament was due to pass historic legislation Tuesday legalizing mercy killings.

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