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.

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“Compassionate leave.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/compassionate%20leave. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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