[OF. respit, F. répit, 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. "I crave but four day's respite." Shak. 2. Temporary intermission of labor, or of any process or
operation; interval of rest; pause; delay. "Without more respite."
Chaucer. "Some pause and respite only I
require." Denham. 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.
Synonyms -- Pause; interval; stop; cessation; delay;
postponement; stay; reprieve.Respite (Res"pite),
[imp. & p. p. Respited;
p. pr. & vb. n.
[OF. respiter, LL. respectare. See Respite,
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.(c) To relieve by a pause or interval of rest. "To respite
his day labor with repast." Milton.