re•prievePronunciation: (ri-prēv'), [key]
—v., -prieved, -priev•ing,
to delay the impending punishment or sentence of (a condemned person).
to relieve temporarily from any evil.
a respite from impending punishment, as from execution of a sentence of death.
a warrant authorizing this.
any respite or temporary relief.
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