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Going on a date with somebody because you feel sorry for them. Often a male on the rebound or a female one considered 'ugly'.

See also mercy sex, mercy jump, mercy fuck, pity sex
Donna saw how upset James was after Rachel dumped him, they ended up dating for a short while.

"Yeah. I felt sorry for her, and I didn't want to upset her. So I took her on a mercy date."
by Abitha-Evie July 05, 2006
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