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English definition of “reprieve”

reprieve

noun [C]     /rɪˈpriːv/
an official order that stops or delays the punishment , especially by death , of a prisoner : He was sentenced to death but was granted a last-minute reprieve.Not punishing and reducing punishment an escape from a bad situation or experience : The injection provided a temporary reprieve from the pain .Running away and escaping
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