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reprieve

  

      vb   tr  
1    to postpone or remit the punishment of (a person, esp. one condemned to death)  
2    to give temporary relief to (a person or thing), esp. from otherwise irrevocable harm  
the government has reprieved the company with a huge loan     
      n  
3    a postponement or remission of punishment, esp. of a person condemned to death  
4    a warrant granting a postponement  
5    a temporary relief from pain or harm; respite  
6    the act of reprieving or the state of being reprieved  
     (C16: from Old French repris (something) taken back, from reprendre to take back, from Latin reprehendere; perhaps also influenced by obsolete English repreve to reprove)  
  reprievable      adj  
  repriever      n  
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reprieve

  

      vb  
1    grant a stay of execution to, let off the hook     (slang)   pardon, postpone or remit the punishment of  
2    abate, allay, alleviate, mitigate, palliate, relieve, respite  
      n  
3    abeyance, amnesty, deferment, pardon, postponement, remission, stay of execution, suspension  
4    abatement, alleviation, let-up     (informal)   mitigation, palliation, relief, respite  

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