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Definition of respite:

  1. A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay.
  2. Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay.
  3. Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender; reprieve.
  4. The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.
  5. To delay or postpone; to put off.
  6. To give or grant a respite to.
  7. To keep back from execution; to reprieve.
  8. To relieve by a pause or interval of rest.


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