double jeopardy clause

variants: or Double Jeopardy Clause

Definition of 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

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First Known Use of double jeopardy clause

1900, in the meaning defined above

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“Double jeopardy clause.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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