double jeopardy

noun
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of double jeopardy

1 : the putting of a person on trial for an offense for which he or she has previously been put on trial under a valid charge : two adjudications for one offense
2 : considerable danger or trouble from two sources

Examples of double jeopardy in a Sentence

  1. constitutional protections against double jeopardy

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First Known Use of double jeopardy

1862

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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DOUBLE JEOPARDY Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of double jeopardy for English Language Learners

  • law : the act of causing a person to be put on trial two times for the same crime


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double jeopardy

noun

legal Definition of double jeopardy

: the prosecution of a person for an offense for which he or she has already been prosecuted — see also jeopardy — compare merger 3
Note: The Fifth Amendment to the Constitution states that no person shall “be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb.” The double jeopardy clause bars second prosecutions after either acquittal or conviction, and prohibits multiple punishments for the same offense.

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