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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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