reprieve
I noun day of grace, deferment, delay, delay in execution, delay in punishment, dispensation, interval of ease, moratorium, pause, postponement, postponement of penalty, quittance, respite, respite from impending punishment, stay, stay of execution, stop, suspension of execution, suspension of punishment, temporary escape, temporary relief, temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence, withdrawal of a sentence associated concepts: executive reprieve, judicial reprieve, pardon II index abeyance, absolution, absolve, acquit, acquittal, amnesty, clear, clemency, compurgation, condonation, condone, discharge (liberation), discharge (release from obligation), emancipation, excuse, exoneration, forgive, grace, grace period, immunity, impunity, palliate (excuse), pardon (noun), pardon (verb), parole, postpone, release, relief (release), remission, remit (release from penalty), stay, stay (halt), vindicate

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


reprieve
n.
The temporary postponement of a criminal sentence or other unpleasant event.
v.
reprieve

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


reprieve
A temporary delay in imposition of the death penalty by order of the state's governor. Reasons for reprieves include the possibility of newly discovered evidence, awaiting the result of a last-minute appeal, or the governor's concern that there might have been some error in the record that should be examined. On occasion a reprieve has saved someone who was later found to be innocent. A reprieve is only a delay, not a pardon or reduction or commutation of the sentence. When the reprieve expires, the date for execution can be reset.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


reprieve
n. A temporary suspension of a criminal sentence (usually the death penalty) for a certain period of time, usually for the purpose of examining new information or permitting an appeal to take place. A reprieve cannot prevent the ultimate carrying out of the judgment.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


reprieve
The suspension of the execution of the death penalty for a period of time.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


reprieve
The suspension of the execution of the death penalty for a period of time.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

reprieve
n.
   a temporary delay in imposition of the death penalty (a punishment which cannot be reduced afterwards) by the executive order of the Governor of the state. Reasons for reprieves include the possibility of newly discovered evidence (another's involvement, evidence of mental impairment), awaiting the result of some last-minute appeal, or concern of the Governor that there may have been some error in the record which he/she should examine. On occasion a reprieve has saved a man found to be innocent. Upon the expiration of the reprieve the date for execution can be reset and the death penalty imposed. A reprieve is only a delay and is not a reduction of sentence, commutation of sentence or pardon.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Reprieve — Re*prieve (r? pr?v ), n. 1. A temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence, especially of a sentence of death. [1913 Webster] The morning Sir John Hotham was to die, a reprieve was sent to suspend the execution for three days. Clarendon.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Reprieve — Re*prieve (r? pr?v ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Reprieved} ( pr?vd ); p. pr. & vb. n. {Reprieving}.] [OE. repreven to reject, disallow, OF. reprover to blame, reproach, condemn (pres. il reprueve), F. r[ e]prouver to disapprove, fr. L. reprobare to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • reprieve — [n] relief of blame, responsibility abatement, abeyance, absolution, acquittal, alleviation, amnesty, anchor*, clearance, clemency, commute, deferment, freeing, let up*, lifeboat*, lifesaver*, mitigation, palliation, pardon, postponement, release …   New thesaurus

  • Reprieve — (engl., spr. Riprihw), 1) Aufschub einer Hinrichtung; 2) Befehl zu diesem Aufschub …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • reprieve — (v.) 1570s, take back to prison, from M.E. repryen to remand, detain (late 15c.), probably from M.Fr. repris, pp. of reprendre take back (see REPRISE (Cf. reprise)). Meaning to suspend an impending execution is recorded from 1590s. Sense evolved… …   Etymology dictionary

  • reprieve — both verb and noun, is spelt ie , not ei …   Modern English usage

  • reprieve — ► VERB 1) cancel the punishment of. 2) abandon or postpone plans to close: the threatened pits could be reprieved. ► NOUN 1) the cancellation of a punishment. 2) a respite from difficulty or danger. ORIGIN Old French reprendre, from Latin… …   English terms dictionary

  • reprieve — [ri prēv′] vt. reprieved, reprieving [earlier repry < Anglo Fr repris < MFr, pp. of reprendre, to take back, prob. altered by assoc. with ME repreven,REPROVE] 1. to postpone the punishment of; esp., to postpone the execution of (a person… …   English World dictionary

  • reprieve — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ brief, temporary ▪ welcome ▪ last minute ▪ He was saved from the electric chair by a last minute reprieve. VERB + REPRIEVE …   Collocations dictionary

  • reprieve — n. 1) to give, grant a reprieve 2) to get, receive a reprieve 3) a reprieve from * * * [rɪ priːv] grant a reprieve receive a reprieve a reprieve from to get to give …   Combinatory dictionary

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