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re·prieve / riˈprēv/ • v. [tr.] cancel or postpone the punishment of (someone, esp. someone condemned to death): under the new regime, prisoners under sentence of death were reprieved. ∎  abandon or postpone plans to close or put an end to (something): the threatened pits could be reprieved. • n. a cancellation or postponement of a punishment. ∎  a temporary escape from an undesirable fate or unpleasant situation: a mother who faced eviction has been given a reprieve. ORIGIN: late 15th cent. (as the past participle repryed): from Anglo-Norman French repris, past participle of reprendre, from Latin re- ‘back’ + prehendere ‘seize.’ The insertion of -v- (16th cent.) remains unexplained. Sense development has undergone a reversal, from the early meaning ‘send back to prison,’ via ‘postpone (a legal process),’ to the current sense ‘rescue from impending punishment.’

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REPRIEVE

The suspension of the execution of the death penalty for a period of time.

Reprieve is generally an act of clemency that is extended to a prisoner in order to give him or her an opportunity to find a means or reason for reducing the sentence imposed.

The term reprieve is also used generally in reference to the withdrawal of any sentence for a period of time.

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reprieve †send back to prison; †postpone; delay the punishment of. XVI. First in pp. reprived, unexpl. alt. of earlier repryed (to prison) — AN., OF. repris, pp. of reprendre, f. RE- + prendre take.
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reprieve (rĬprēv´): in law, see pardon.

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