Definition of a stay of execution in English:

a stay of execution

phrase

  • A delay in carrying out a court order.

    ‘In April 2002, the Supreme Court granted him a stay of execution 36 hours before he was due to be killed.’
    • ‘A stay of execution may be granted but even then the defendant will have to persuade the court that there is a good reason why the claimant should not be paid.’
    • ‘On 12 th July, 2004, the appellant was granted permission to appeal and a stay of execution.’
    • ‘On 3 May 2002 the applicant sought a stay of execution of the Master's judgment for possession in favour of the respondent.’
    • ‘According to the law, a request for a presidential pardon forces a stay of execution of a sentence until a decision is issued.’
    • ‘Four justices of the Supreme Court were prepared to grant a stay of execution at the last moment, but five were required for a majority.’
    • ‘The governor can grant a stay of execution when a condemned murderer's life is on the line.’
    • ‘He was granted a stay of execution earlier this month when his lawyers filed a motion, claiming he had not exhausted all his appeals.’
    • ‘The death row inmate has been granted a stay of execution.’
    • ‘The airline has been granted a stay of execution until May 15 to refinance itself after recording a £530m loss.’