- 1A short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant: the refugee encampments will provide some respite from the suffering [in singular]: a brief respite from a dire food shortageMore example sentences
- Charlie wasn't sure if she should try to keep the girl awake or not, but at last decided to give her respite from the pain by letting her rest.
- Everyone is scurrying for shade and some respite from the sun.
- Colourful deck umbrellas offer respite from the heat.
- 1.1A short delay permitted before an unpleasant obligation is met or a punishment is carried out.More example sentences
- That is only temporary respite, until cheaper ‘sewing solutions’ drive them out again.
- This respite was temporary - as it had been so many other times before.
- At best, the country has gained a temporary respite; at worst, it has merely succeeded in stoking the flames of hatred even higher.
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- 1Postpone (a sentence, obligation, etc.): the execution was only respited a few monthsMore example sentences
- That of 1320 was respited as a result of the appeal usually known as the ‘declaration of Arbroath’; from then on, the pope was prepared at least to give King Robert his proper title.
- The debate of it was respited to the next meeting, it being late.
- I looked at the case it's referring to and the judgement was respited, so you're right to tag it up as supplementary.
- 1.1 • archaic Grant a delay or extension of time to; reprieve from death or execution: some poor criminal ... from the gibbet or the wheel, respited for a dayMore example sentences
- The rare exception made for pregnant women in Jamaica was that they were ‘respited… from execution until after their pregnancy’.
- Women, therefore, who were quick with child, and convicted of capital crimes, were respited until after delivery.
- Considerable influence was exerted to save her from the death sentence and in the end it was respited, though the records do not tell her ultimate fate.
Middle English: from Old French respit, from Latin respectus 'refuge, consideration'.