respite meaning

[ 'respait ] Pronunciation:   "respite" in a sentence
Noun: respite  respit [N. Amer], respIt [Brit]
  1. A (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort
    - reprieve 
  2. A pause from doing something (as work)
    - recess, break, time out 
  3. An interruption in the intensity or amount of something
    - suspension, reprieve, hiatus, abatement 
  4. A pause for relaxation
    - rest, relief, rest period 
  5. The act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
    - reprieve
Verb: respite  respit [N. Amer], respIt [Brit]
  1. Postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution
    - reprieve

Derived forms: respiting, respited, respites

Type of: break, clemency, defer, ease, hold over, intermission, interruption, mercifulness, mercy, pause, postpone, prorogue, put off, put over, relief, remit, set back, shelve, suspension, table [N. Amer]

Encyclopedia: Respite

An act by which a debtor who is unable to satisfy his debts at the moment, transacts (i. e. compromises) with his creditors, and obtains from them time or delay for the payment of the sums which he owes to them.

The respite is either voluntary or forced; it is voluntary when all the creditors consent to the proposal, which the debtor makes to pay in a limited time the whole or a part of his debt; it is forced when a part of the creditors refuse to accept the debtor's proposal, and when the latter is obliged to compel them by judicial authority, to consent to what the others have deter-mined in the cases directed by law.

Respite also signifies a delay, forbearance or continuation of time.

crim. law. A suspension of a sentence, which is to be executed at a future time. It differs from a pardon, which is in abolition of the crime.


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  1. is there to be no respite for me?
  2. the telephone gave me no respite.
  3. this plan enabled the oiler and the correspondent to get respite together.
  4. being found quick with child, she was respited for about seven months.
  5. i was very glad to see both, for they gave me a respite from my loomy thoughts.

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