stay of execution meaning

  "stay of execution" in a sentence
  • Noun: stay of execution
    1. An order whereby a judgment is precluded from being executed for a specific period of time

    Derived forms: stays of execution

    Type of: stay

    Encyclopedia: Stay of execution

  • [Law]
    An order suspending the execution of the order of a court. In the High Court a stay of execution by writ of fieri facias may be granted subject to the condition that the debtor pays the judgment debt by specified instalments (unlike the county courts, the High Court has no other power to order the payment of judgment debts by instalments).


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  1. stay of execution of the possession order
  2. the judge granted a stay of execution
  3. the court granted the company a two weeks stay of execution
  4. nothing but a temporary stay of execution for your kind
  5. the prisoner was granted stay of execution because new facts in his case had come to light

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