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English definition of “reprieve”

reprieve

verb [T]     /rɪˈpriːv/
to stop or delay the punishment, especially by death, of a prisonerNot punishing and reducing punishment to provide something or someone with an escape from a bad situation or experience, especially to delay or stop plans to close or end something: The threatened hospitals could now be reprieved.Preserving and savingDefending and protecting
(Definition of reprieve verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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