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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Respite

Meaning of Respite

To delay or suspend such as the execution of a sentence ; to adjourn ; to reprieve . In feudal law, the term denoted the voluntary abstention by the lord from exacting the homage that was due to him from the tenant .

Respite Alternative Definition

In Civil Law. An act by which a debtor who is unable to satisfy his debts at the moment transacts (i. e., compromises) vnth his creditors and obtains from them time or delay for the payment of the sums which he owes to them. Code La. art. 3051. A forced respite takes place when a part of the creditors refuse to accept the debtor’s proposal, and when the latter is obliged to compel them, by judicial authority, to consent to what the others have determined in the cases directed by law. A voluntary respite takes place when all the creditors consent to the proposal of the debtor to pay in a limited time the whole or a part of his debt. A delay, forbearance, or continuation of time. In Criminal Law. A temporary suspension of the execution of a sentence. It differs from a “pardon,” which is an absolute suspension, and from a “reprieve,” in that it is ordinarily for an indefinite time.

Synonyms of Respite

(Interval of rest), noun

  • abeyance
  • break
  • breathing spell
  • breathing time
  • cessation
  • halt
  • interim
  • interlude
  • intermediate time
  • intermission
  • interruption
  • lapse
  • letup
  • lull
  • pause
  • recess
  • relaxation
  • rest
  • spell
  • stay
  • stop
  • suspension
  • temporary stoppage
  • wait

(Reprieve), noun

  • acquittal
  • amnesty
  • clearance
  • deliverance
  • discharge
  • exemption
  • grace
  • immunity
  • pardon
  • release
  • stay of execution

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