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reprieve

(rĭprēv`): in law, see pardonpardon,
in law, exemption from punishment for a criminal conviction granted by the grace of the executive of a government. A general pardon to a class of persons guilty of the same offense (e.g., insurrection) is an amnesty.
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reprieve

1. a postponement or remission of punishment, esp of a person condemned to death
2. a warrant granting a postponement
3. the act of reprieving or the state of being reprieved
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Thus run the official words of the reprieve addressed to the hearts ashore lying under a heavy sentence.
The good man having made a very Christian exhortation to me, not to let the joy of my reprieve put the remembrance of my past sorrow out of my mind, and having told me that he must leave me, to go and enter the reprieve in the books, and show it to the sheriffs, stood up just before his going away, and in a very earnest manner prayed to God for me, that my repentance might be made unfeigned and sincere; and that my coming back, as it were, into life again, might not be a returning to the follies of life which I had made such solemn resolutions to forsake, and to repent of them.
He congratulated my having a space yet allowed me for repentance, whereas the state of those six poor creatures was determined, and they were now past the offers of salvation; he earnestly pressed me to retain the same sentiments of the things of life that I had when I had a view of eternity; and at the end of all told me I should not conclude that all was over, that a reprieve was not a pardon, that he could not yet answer for the effects of it; however, I had this mercy, that I had more time given me, and that it was my business to improve that time.
The good minister, whose interest, though a stranger to me, had obtained me the reprieve, mourned sincerely for this part.
Take what precautions you please, if it is any satisfaction to you to do so; but rely upon my obtaining the reprieve I seek.
And whom will you employ to carry the reprieve to the officer directing the execution?
He is to have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses against the United States, except in cases of impeachment; to recommend to the consideration of Congress such measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient; to convene, on extraordinary occasions, both houses of the legislature, or either of them, and, in case of disagreement between them with respect to the time of adjournment, to adjourn them to such time as he shall think proper; to take care that the laws be faithfully executed; and to commission all officers of the United States.
The move comes days after reports that Pakistan had been given a three-month reprieve before being placed on the list, which could hamper banking and hurt foreign investment.
Kasich has issued a temporary reprieve on the execution of Raymond Tibbetts.
Veloso's life remains in limbo on death row after the Indonesian government approved her temporary reprieve, just hours before she was set to be executed in April 2015.
Ex-Rangers star Gattuso described the tie beforehand as a "World Cup Final" for struggling Milan but reaching the semi-finals is likely to win a reprieve.
Trade union officials holding political positions have obtained a reprieve after the Employment and Labour Relations Court has suspended the implementation of a Kenya Gazette notice in which Labour Cabinet Secretary Phyllis Kandie directed them to resign.