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Res"pite (r?s"p?t), n. [OF. respit, F. r'epit, from L. respectus respect, regard, delay, in LL., the deferring of a day. See Respect.]


A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay.

I crave but four day's respite. Shak.


Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay.

"Without more respite."


Some pause and respite only I require. Denham.

3. Law (a)

Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender; reprieve.


The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term.

Syn. -- Pause; interval; stop; cessation; delay; postponement; stay; reprieve.


© Webster 1913.

Res"pite, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Respited; p. pr. & vb. n. Respiting.] [OF. respiter, LL. respectare. See Respite, n.]

To give or grant a respite to.

Specifically: (a)

To delay or postpone; to put off

. (b)

To keep back from execution; to reprieve.

Forty days longer we do respite you. Shak.


To relieve by a pause or interval of rest

. "To respite his day labor with repast."



© Webster 1913.

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