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Definition of reprieve noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    reprieve

     noun
    noun
    NAmE//rɪˈpriv//
     
    [usually singular]
     
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  1. 1an official order stopping a punishment, especially for a prisoner who is condemned to death synonym stay of execution
  2. 2a delay before something bad happens Campaigners have won a reprieve for the hospital threatened with closure.
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