Definitions of respite

  1. To grant a delay to; as, to respite a criminal; to relieve by a short period of rest.
  2. To grant a respite to: to relieve by a pause: to delay.
  3. postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
  4. grant a respite to
  5. To relieve by an interval of rest; to suspend the execution of; to postpone. See Respect.
  6. To suspend; to delay for a time; to relieve by an interval of rest.
  7. a pause from doing something ( as work); " we took a 10- minute break"; " he took time out to recuperate"
  8. a pause for relaxation; " people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
  9. a ( temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
  10. A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay.
  11. Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay.
  12. Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender; reprieve.
  13. The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.
  14. To give or grant a respite to.
  15. To delay or postpone; to put off.
  16. To keep back from execution; to reprieve.
  17. To relieve by a pause or interval of rest.
  18. A temporary putting off, as of the carrying out of a sentence; postponement; brief period of rest; as, a respite from labor.
  19. Temporary cessation of anything: pause: interval of rest: ( law) temporary suspension of the execution of a criminal.
  20. Temporary cessation; interval of relief; suspension of punishment.
  21. Temporary intermission of labour, process, or operation; interval of rest; pause; temporary suspension of the execution of a criminal; the prolongation of time for the payment of a debt.
  22. Delay, as for breathing; pause; interval; temporary suspension of the execution of a capital sentence on a criminal; a reprieve.
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