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mercy killing

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  1. euthanasia, mercy killingnoun

    the act of killing someone painlessly (especially someone suffering from an incurable illness)


  1. mercy killingnoun



  1. mercy killing

    Euthanasia (from Greek: εὐθανασία, lit. 'good death': εὖ, eu, 'well, good' + θάνατος, thanatos, 'death') is the practice of intentionally ending life to eliminate pain and suffering.Different countries have different euthanasia laws. The British House of Lords select committee on medical ethics defines euthanasia as "a deliberate intervention undertaken with the express intention of ending a life, to relieve intractable suffering". In the Netherlands and Belgium, euthanasia is understood as "termination of life by a doctor at the request of a patient". The Dutch law, however, does not use the term 'euthanasia' but includes the concept under the broader definition of "assisted suicide and termination of life on request".Euthanasia is categorized in different ways, which include voluntary, non-voluntary, or involuntary. Voluntary euthanasia is when a person wills to have their life ended and is legal in a growing number of countries. Non-voluntary euthanasia occurs when a patient's consent is unavailable and is legal in some countries under certain limited conditions, in both active and passive forms. Involuntary euthanasia, which is done without asking for consent or against the patient's will, is illegal in all countries and is usually considered murder. As of 2006 euthanasia had become the most active area of research in bioethics. In some countries divisive public controversy occurs over the moral, ethical, and legal issues associated with euthanasia. Passive euthanasia (known as "pulling the plug") is legal under some circumstances in many countries. Active euthanasia, however, is legal or de facto legal in only a handful of countries (for example: Belgium, Canada and Switzerland), which limit it to specific circumstances and require the approval of counselors and doctors or other specialists. In some countries—such as Nigeria, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan—support for active euthanasia is almost non-existent.


  1. mercy killing

    Mercy killing, also known as euthanasia, refers to the act of intentionally ending a life to relieve pain and suffering. This usually applies in cases of severe or incurable diseases or in a situation where a person is in a persistent vegetative state, and the process is aimed at minimizing or ending their suffering. The practice of mercy killing is subject to various ethical, moral, religious, and legal debates.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mercy killing in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mercy killing in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of mercy killing in a Sentence

  1. Robert Engelkes:

    Look what the Republican Party threw out there then: McCain was a mercy killing, he was just a mercy killing. Everybody was tired of Republicans for a while, so they had to throw something out there.

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  • लाइलाज और दर्द की बीमारी से पीड़ित एक रोगी की हत्याHindi
  • misericordia che uccideItalian
  • ದಯಾಮರಣKannada
  • miserere occisioLatin
  • matança mercêPortuguese

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