Respite Res"pite (r?s"p?t), n. [OF. respit, F. r['e]pit, from L. respectus respect, regard, delay, in LL., the deferring of a day. See {Respect}.] 1. A putting off of that which was appointed; a postponement or delay. [1913 Webster]

I crave but four day's respite. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or operation; interval of rest; pause; delay. ``Without more respite.'' --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Some pause and respite only I require. --Denham. [1913 Webster]

3. (Law) (a) Temporary suspension of the execution of a capital offender; reprieve. (b) The delay of appearance at court granted to a jury beyond the proper term. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Pause; interval; stop; cessation; delay; postponement; stay; reprieve. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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