Respite meaning

rĕspĭt
Respite is defined as a break or a rest.

An example of a respite is a family vacation.

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To respite means to delay or postpone.

An example of to respite is to hold off discussing a specific subject at a meeting.

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A delay or postponement; esp., postponement of the carrying out of a death sentence; reprieve.
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A usually short period of rest or relief.
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The definition of respite is a delay.

An example of a respite is governor putting off someone’s death sentence.

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To delay (a legal sentence, for example); postpone.
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To grant a respite to (someone).
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Relating to or being a respite.

Respite care.

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An interval of temporary relief or rest, as from pain, work, or duty; lull.
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To give a respite to.
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A delay or postponement of a sentence, or one granted to a jury or court for further consideration or deliberation. In all cases, it is temporary.
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(law) A reprieve, especially from a sentence of death.
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(law) The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.
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Origin of respite

  • Middle English from Old French respit from Latin respectus refuge, looking back respect

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Anglo-Norman and Old French respit (“rest")

    From Wiktionary