What does the word mercifully mean?

Usage examples for mercifully

  1. The whistle sounded up the valley, and mercifully prevented my answer. – The Delectable Duchy by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  2. Talk was mercifully impossible. – Jane Journeys On by Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  3. When Betty starts asking questions, she mercifully quickly follows one with another, and does not wait for answers. – The Professional Aunt by Mary C.E. Wemyss
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