double jeopardy clause

noun

variants or Double Jeopardy Clause
: a clause in the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that bars the government from prosecuting a person for the same offense more than once and prohibits multiple punishments for the same offense

Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of double jeopardy clause was in 1900

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“Double jeopardy clause.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/double%20jeopardy%20clause. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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