compassionate leave

noun

Definition of compassionate leave

chiefly British
:a period of time when a person is allowed to stay home from work because a family member is sick or has died
  • He has three days of compassionate leave for the funeral.

Word by Word Definitions

compassionate play
  1. : having or showing compassion : sympathetic

  2. : granted because of unusual distressing circumstances affecting an individual

  1. : pity

leave play
  1. : bequeath, devise

  2. : to have remaining after one's death

  3. : to cause to remain as a trace or aftereffect

  1. : permission to do something

  2. : authorized especially extended absence from duty or employment

  3. : an act of leaving : departure

  1. : leaf


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