nounLaw , chiefly North American
1The prosecution of a person twice for the same offense.
- In the United States, where defendants are protected against double jeopardy, his acquittal would have ensured that he went free.
- But he can't be tried at home for the same offence - the so-called double jeopardy law.
- Thus it appears that, allowing for the element of double jeopardy, sentences in the range between 5 and 7 years would have been considered to be the proper tariff sentences after a trial.
1.1Risk or disadvantage incurred from two sources simultaneously: he is in double jeopardy, unable to speak either language adequately
More example sentences
- A culture of violence can place women in double jeopardy, both as victims of violence and because they are denied effective access to justice
- Police officers are generally known to carry firearms, which places them in double jeopardy.
- Plants stressed from too little water can be in double jeopardy.
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Syllabification: dou·ble jeop·ard·y
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