Definition of Reprieve

1. Noun. A (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort.

Exact synonyms: Respite
Generic synonyms: Ease, Relief



2. Verb. Postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution.
Exact synonyms: Respite
Generic synonyms: Defer, Hold Over, Postpone, Prorogue, Put Off, Put Over, Remit, Set Back, Shelve, Table
Derivative terms: Respite

3. Noun. An interruption in the intensity or amount of something.
Exact synonyms: Abatement, Hiatus, Respite, Suspension
Generic synonyms: Break, Interruption
Specialized synonyms: Defervescence, Remission, Remittal, Subsidence
Derivative terms: Abate, Suspend

4. Verb. Relieve temporarily.
Generic synonyms: Deliver, Rescue

5. Noun. A warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the execution of the death sentence).
Generic synonyms: Warrant
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law

6. Noun. The act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment.
Exact synonyms: Respite
Generic synonyms: Clemency, Mercifulness, Mercy
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Derivative terms: Respite

Definition of Reprieve

1. v. t. To delay the punishment of; to suspend the execution of sentence on; to give a respite to; to respite; as, to reprieve a criminal for thirty days.

2. n. A temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence, especially of a sentence of death.

Definition of Reprieve

1. Verb. (transitive) To cancel or postpone the punishment of someone, especially an execution. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To bring relief to someone. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive, obsolete) To take back to prison (in lieu of execution). ¹

4. Noun. The cancellation or postponement of a punishment. ¹

5. Noun. A document authorizing such an action. ¹

6. Noun. Relief from pain etc., especially temporary. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Reprieve

1. to postpone the punishment of [v -PRIEVED, -PRIEVING, -PRIEVES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Reprieve

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Literary usage of Reprieve

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Lives of the Lord Chancellors and Keepers of the Great Seal of Ireland by James Roderick O'Flanagan (1870)
"Ralph Gore, one of the three Lords Justices, procured a -L' 'Y '_'.. reprieve from Wednesday to Saturday, which included the A reprieve, day fixed for his ..."

2. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1905)
"A reprieve is the withdrawing of a sentence for an interval of time, ... The distinction between a reprieve and a suspension of sentence is that a reprieve ..."

3. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by Sir William Blackstone, John Williams, Richard Burn (1791)
"OF reprieve AND PARDON. Tti E only other remaining ways of avoiding the execution of the judgment are by a reprieve, or a pardon; whereof the former is ..."

4. Commentaries on the Laws of England: In Four Books by William Blackstone, George Sharswood, Barron Field (1860)
"Williams, J., Execution and reprieve. 1 Chitt. CL 757 to 762. In addition to the reprieves mentioned by the learned commentator is that ex mandato régis, ..."

5. Essentials of the Law by Marshall Davis Ewell (1915)
"OF reprieve AND PARDON. CHAPTER XXXI. OF reprieve AND PARDON. The only other remaining ways of avoiding the execution of the judgment are by a reprieve or a ..."

6. Principles of the Criminal Law: A Concise Exposition of the Nature of Crime by Seymour Frederick Harris, Aviet Agabeg (1884)
"A reprieve (reprendre) is the withdrawing of a sentence reprieve: for an interval of time; ... But in two cases the court is bound to grant a reprieve. ..."

7. The Comic Blackstone by Gilbert Abbott À Beckett, George Cruikshank (1869)
"A reprieve is a temporary withdrawing of a sentence, which is in certain cases allowed. ... When reprieve will not avail, there is only the hope of pardon, ..."

8. The Comic Blackstone by Gilbert Abbott À Beckett, George Cruikshank (1866)
"OF reprieve AND PARDON. A reprieve is a temporary withdrawing of a sentence, ... When reprieve will not avail, there is only the hope of pardon, ..."

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