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 for reprieve
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reprieve \Re*prieve\ (r?-pr?v"), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Reprieved
     (-pr?vd"); p. pr. & vb. n. Reprieving.] [OE. repreven to
     reject, disallow, OF. reprover to blame, reproach, condemn
     (pres. il reprueve), F. r['e]prouver to disapprove, fr. L.
     reprobare to reject, condemn; pref. re- re- + probare to try,
     prove. See Prove, and cf. Reprove, Reprobate.]
     [1913 Webster]
     1. To delay the punishment of; to suspend the execution of
        sentence on; to give a respite to; to respite; as, to
        reprieve a criminal for thirty days.
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              He reprieves the sinnner from time to time.
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     2. To relieve for a time, or temporarily.
        [1913 Webster]
              Company, thought it may reprieve a man from his
              melaneholy yet can not secure him from his
              conscience.                           --South.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Reprieve \Re*prieve"\ (r?-pr?v"), n.
     1. A temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence,
        especially of a sentence of death.
        [1913 Webster]
              The morning Sir John Hotham was to die, a reprieve
              was sent to suspend the execution for three days.
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     2. Interval of ease or relief; respite.
        [1913 Webster]
              All that I ask is but a short reprieve,
              ll I forget to love, and learn to grieve. --Denham.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort [syn:
           reprieve, respite]
      2: an interruption in the intensity or amount of something [syn:
         suspension, respite, reprieve, hiatus, abatement]
      3: a warrant granting postponement (usually to postpone the
         execution of the death sentence)
      4: the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment
         [syn: reprieve, respite]
      v 1: postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an
           execution [syn: reprieve, respite]
      2: relieve temporarily

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  118 Moby Thesaurus words for "reprieve":
     absolution, afterthought, amnesty, benevolence, bind, block,
     blockage, bureaucratic delay, catharsis, cleanse, cleanse away,
     cleansing, clemency, commiseration, compassion, condolence, delay,
     delayage, delayed reaction, deliver, deliverance, detention,
     discharge, double take, dragging, emotional release, exculpation,
     excuse, exemption, exoneration, favor, feeling, forbear,
     forbearance, forgive, forgiveness, free, free from, freeing,
     give quarter, give release, give respite, grace, grant a reprieve,
     halt, hang-up, have mercy upon, have pity, hindrance, holdup,
     humanity, immunity, indemnity, interim, intermission, intermit,
     jam, kindness, lag, lagging, leniency, let off, let up on, logjam,
     melt, mercy, mitigation, moratorium, obstruction, paperasserie,
     pardon, pathos, pause, pity, postponement, purgation, purge,
     purge away, purging, quarter, red tape, red-tapeism, red-tapery,
     redemption, relax, release, relent, relief, remission,
     remission of sin, removal, remove, rescue, respite, retardance,
     retardation, ruth, save, self-pity, shrift, slow-up, slowdown,
     slowness, spare, sparing, stay, stay of execution, stop, stoppage,
     surcease, suspend, suspension, sympathy, take pity on, thaw,
     tie-up, time lag, wait

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  REPRIEVE, crim. law practice. This term is derived from reprendre, to take 
  back, and signifies the withdrawing of a sentence for an interval of time, 
  and operates in delay of execution. 4 Bl. Com. 394. It is granted by the 
  favor of the pardoning power, or by the court who tried the prisoner. 
       3. Reprieves are sometimes granted ex necessitate legis; for example, 
  when a woman is convicted of a capital offence, after judgment she may 
  allege pregnancy in delay of execution. In order, however, to render this 
  plea available she must be quick with child, (q.v.) the law presuming, 
  perhaps absurdly enough, that before that period, life does not commence in 
  the foetus. 3 Inst. 17; 2 Hale, 413; 1 Hale, 368; 4 Bl. Com. 395. 
       4. The judge is also bound to grant a reprieve when the prisoner 
  becomes insane. 4 Harg. St. Tr. 205, 6; 3 Inst. 4; Hawk B. 1, c. 1, s. 4; 1 
  Chit. Cr. Law, 757. 

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