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respite - vocabulary

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noun

Interval of rest; a delay or cessation of anything trying or distressing.

Whatever choice Elizabeth Bouvia may ultimately make, I can only hope that her courage, persistence and example will cause our society to deal realistically with the plight of those unfortunate individuals to whom death beckons as a welcome respite from suffering.

—Judge Lynn Compton, California Court of Appeals From a unanimous court opinion on the right to refuse medical treatment, April 16, 1986

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