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respite

  

      n  
1    a pause from exertion; interval of rest  
2    a temporary delay  
3    a temporary stay of execution; reprieve  
      vb  
4    tr   to grant a respite to; reprieve  
     (C13: from Old French respit, from Latin respectus a looking back; see respect)  
  respiteless      adj  


respite care  
      n     (Social welfare)   occasional usually planned residential care for dependent old or handicapped people, to provide relief for their permanent carers  
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respite

  
1    break, breather     (informal)   breathing space, cessation, halt, hiatus, intermission, interruption, interval, let-up     (informal)   lull, pause, recess, relaxation, relief, rest  
2    adjournment, delay, moratorium, postponement, reprieve, stay, suspension  

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