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English definition of “reprieve”

reprieve

noun [C]    /rɪˈpriv/
an official order to delay or stop a prisoner’s punishment, esp. the punishment of death: The warden notified Shaw of his reprieve. A reprieve is also any delay that is welcomed: The play, about to close, was granted a four-week reprieve. reprieve    /rɪˈpriv/ verb [T]
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