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Noun: reprieve  ri'preev
  1. A (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
    - respite
  2. An interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    - suspension, respite, hiatus, abatement
  3. (law) a warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the execution of the death sentence)
  4. (law) the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
    - respite
Verb: reprieve  ri'preev
  1. Postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
    - respite
  2. Relieve temporarily

Derived forms: reprieving, reprieves, reprieved

Type of: break, clemency, defer, deliver, ease, hold over, interruption, mercifulness, mercy, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, relief, remit, rescue, set back, shelve, table [N. Amer], warrant

Encyclopedia: Reprieve