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Examples of jeopardize in a Sentence
His health has been jeopardized by poor nutrition.
don't do anything that will jeopardize your place on the advisory board
Recent Examples of jeopardize from the Web
The right is based on the idea that a person’s privacy should not be jeopardized by irrelevant or harmful content every time somebody searches their name on the internet.
Indeed, the players’ associations contend that legal betting could jeopardize players’ privacy and publicity rights.
That will be hard to do without jeopardizing the reputation of the institutions of justice.
Environmental groups said that construction of the barrier would jeopardize the marine ecosystem beyond repair, while some politicians opposed the idea, stating that there were too many unknowns and that a cheaper solution was needed.
Trying to cement his legacy would, somewhat ironically, jeopardize his own power.
The further claim that any changes would jeopardize the bill’s passage is especially odd and circular.
Thus, Democrats had secured the power to withhold support for a budget deal until Republicans caved on the Dreamer issue — without jeopardizing children’s health care.
Democrats would also jeopardize the bipartisan goodwill the Dreamers enjoy by making them pawns in a cynical game.
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jeopardize Has a Controversial History
It may be hard to believe that jeopardize was once controversial, but in 1870 a grammarian called it "a foolish and intolerable word," a view shared by many 19th-century critics. The preferred word was jeopard, which first appeared in print in the 14th century. (The upstart jeopardize turned up in 1582.) In 1828, Noah Webster himself declared jeopardize to be "a modern word, used by respectable writers in America, but synonymous with 'jeopard,' and therefore useless." Unfortunately for the champions of jeopard, jeopardize is now much more popular.
JEOPARDIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of jeopardize for English Language Learners
: to put (something or someone) in danger
JEOPARDIZE Defined for Kids
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