Definition of double jeopardy in English:

double jeopardy

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[mass noun] Law , chiefly North American
  • 1The prosecution or punishment of a person twice for the same offence: he can still be prosecuted on that charge without double jeopardy
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    • 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
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    • 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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