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mercy killing

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishmercy killingˈmercy ˌkilling noun [countable, uncountable]  KILLthe act of killing someone who is very ill or old so that they do not have to suffer anymore syn euthanasia
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mercy killingSo this would almost be a mercy killing.Frankly, it would have been a mercy killing.Among those receiving probation orders will be those for whom the section 2 defence is used to mitigate a mercy killing.
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