- The definition of a reprieve is an escape, either permanently or temporarily, from expected punishment or consequences.
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.
An example of reprieve is when you tell your grounded child that he or she can go out after all.
reprieve definition by Webster's New World
- to postpone the punishment of; esp., to postpone the execution of (a person condemned to death)
- to give temporary relief to, as from trouble or pain
Origin: earlier repry ; from Anglo-French repris ; from Middle French past participle of reprendre, to take back, probably altered by associated, association with Middle English repreven, reprove
- postponement of a penalty, esp. that of death; also, a warrant ordering this
- a temporary relief or escape, as from trouble or pain
reprieve definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb re·prieved, re·priev·ing, re·prieves
- To postpone or cancel the punishment of.
- To bring relief to.
- a. Postponement or cancellation of a punishment.b. A warrant for such an action.
- Temporary relief, as from danger or pain.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by Middle English repreven, to contradict, variant of reproven, to rebuke) of Middle English reprien, probably from Old French repris, past participle of reprendre, to take back, from Latin reprehendere, reprēndere, to hold back; see reprehend.
- re·prievˈa·ble adjective
reprieve - Legal Definition