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Definition 1: the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for reprieve in the sense of this definition

(reprieve is a kind of ...) leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency charged with administering justice

"he threw himself on the mercy of the court"

(reprieve belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 2: a warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the execution of the death sentence) - [noun denoting communication]

(reprieve is a kind of ...) a writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts

(reprieve belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 3: an interruption in the intensity or amount of something - [noun denoting event]

Synonyms for reprieve in the sense of this definition

(reprieve is a kind of ...) some abrupt occurrence that interrupts an ongoing activity

"the telephone is an annoying interruption" "there was a break in the action when a player was hurt"

(... is a kind of reprieve ) abatement of a fever as indicated by a reduction in body temperature

(... is a kind of reprieve ) an abatement in intensity or degree (as in the manifestations of a disease)

"his cancer is in remission"

Definition 4: a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort - [noun denoting state]

Synonyms for reprieve in the sense of this definition

(reprieve is a kind of ...) the condition of being comfortable or relieved (especially after being relieved of distress)

"he enjoyed his relief from responsibility" "getting it off his conscience gave him some ease"

(reprieve is a kind of ...) free from harm or evil

Definition 6: postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution - [verb of stative]

Synonyms for reprieve in the sense of this definition

(reprieve is a kind of ...) hold back to a later time

"let's postpone the exam"

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