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Re`prieve´   Pronunciation: r?-pr?v´
v. t.1.
[imp. & p. p. Reprieved (-pr?vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Reprieving.]
1.To delay the punishment of; to suspend the execution of sentence on; to give a respite to; to respite; as, to reprieve a criminal for thirty days.
2.To relieve for a time, or temporarily.
n.1.A temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence, especially of a sentence of death.
2.Interval of ease or relief; respite.
All that I ask is but a short reprieve,
ll I forget to love, and learn to grieve.
- Denham.
Noun1.Reprievereprieve - a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
Synonyms: respite
2.reprieve - an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
3.reprieve - a warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the execution of the death sentence)
4.reprieve - the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
Synonyms: respite
Verb1.reprieve - postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
Synonyms: respite
2.reprieve - relieve temporarily

REPRIEVE, crim. law practice. This term is derived from reprendre, to take back, and signifies the withdrawing of a sentence for an interval of time, and operates in delay of execution. 4 Bl. Com. 394. It is granted by the favor of the pardoning power, or by the court who tried the prisoner.
     3. Reprieves are sometimes granted ex necessitate legis; for example, when a woman is convicted of a capital offence, after judgment she may allege pregnancy in delay of execution. In order, however, to render this plea available she must be quick with child, (q.v.) the law presuming, perhaps absurdly enough, that before that period, life does not commence in the foetus. 3 Inst. 17; 2 Hale, 413; 1 Hale, 368; 4 Bl. Com. 395.
     4. The judge is also bound to grant a reprieve when the prisoner becomes insane. 4 Harg. St. Tr. 205, 6; 3 Inst. 4; Hawk B. 1, c. 1, s. 4; 1 Chit. Cr. Law, 757.

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