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reprieve

re·prieve

reprieve

 
 
pronunciation:
rih priv
parts of speech:
transitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: reprieved, reprieves, reprieving
definition: to release (someone) temporarily or permanently from planned or impending punishment, pain, or difficulty.
He was to be executed the next morning but received a reprieve when new evidence was uncovered.
similar words:
pardon, respite
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a temporary or permanent release from planned punishment.
similar words:
amnesty, pardon, respite
definition 2: a document ordering such a release.
similar words:
pardon
definition 3: a temporary exemption, as from pain or difficulty.
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derivation: repriever (n.)