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In the practice of courts, a brief interval during which all business is suspended without an adjournment.
A recess in legislative practice is an interval of time between sessions of the same continuous body, as opposed to the period between the final adjournment of one legislative body and the convening of another at the next regular session.
n. a break in a trial or other court proceedings or a legislative session until a date and time certain. Recess is not to be confused with "adjournment" which winds up the proceedings.
recessnoun break, cessation, halt, hiatus, interim, intermission, interruption, interval, intervening peeiod, lull, pause, repose, respite, rest, spell, stop, stoppage, time out, vacation, withdrawal
recessverb adjourn, break, break up, dissolve, halt, hesitate, intermit, interrupt, lay off, pause, postpone, relax, rest, retire, stop, suspend, take a recess, take a rest, take time out, vacation, withdraw
Associated concepts: recess the court
See also: abeyance, absence, adjourn, adjournment, break, cloture, continue, defer, discontinuance, discontinue, extension, furlough, halt, hiatus, holiday, interruption, interval, lapse, leave, lull, moratorium, pause, pendency, remission, respite, rest