The definition of a reprieve is an escape, either permanently or temporarily, from expected punishment or consequences.(noun)
An example of reprieve is when you should be fired but your boss decides to give you one more chance.
To reprieve is to provide temporary or permanent relief from punishment.(verb)
An example of reprieve is when you tell your grounded child that he or she can go out after all.
See reprieve in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: earlier repry < Anglo-Fr repris < MFr, pp. of reprendre, to take back, prob. altered by assoc. with ME repreven, reprove
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transitive verb re·prieved, re·priev·ing, re·prieves
Origin: Alteration (influenced by Middle English repreven, to contradict, variant of reproven, to rebuke)
Origin: of Middle English reprien
Origin: , probably from Old French repris
Origin: , past participle of reprendre, to take back
Origin: , from Latin reprehendere, reprēndere, to hold back; see reprehend.
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