What is the meaning of respite?


  • A (temporary) relief from harm or discomfort.
  • A pause from doing something (as work. )
    • usage: "we took a 10-minute break"; "he took time out to recuperate"
  • An interruption in the intensity or amount of something.
  • A pause for relaxation.
    • usage: "people actually accomplish more when they take time for short rests"
  • The act of reprieving; postponing or remitting punishment.


  • Postpone the punishment of a convicted criminal, such as an execution.
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APAWordNet. (2010). respite. Retrieved February 17, 2019, from http://smartdefine.org/respite/definitions/1193281
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