respite has definitions from the field of law
1
[ noun ] a pause from doing something (as work)

Synonyms

break time_out recess

Examples

"we took a 10-minute break" "he took time out to recuperate"

Used in print

(Jim Thompson, The Transgressors....)

Not without a face-saving respite of at_least a_few minutes .

Related terms

pause spring_break pause

2
[ noun ] a (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort

Synonyms

reprieve

Related terms

relief reprieve

3
[ noun ] an interruption in the intensity or amount of something
4
[ noun ] a pause for relaxation

Examples

"people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"

Related terms

pause breath rest

5
[ verb ] grant a respite to

Related terms

postpone

6
[ verb ] (law) postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution

Synonyms

reprieve

Related terms

postpone reprieve

7
[ noun ] (law) the act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment

Synonyms

reprieve

Related terms

clemency law

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