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peremptory challenge

Syllabification: per·emp·to·ry chal·lenge

Definition of peremptory challenge in English:

noun

Law
A defendant’s or lawyer’s objection to a proposed juror, made without needing to give a reason.
Example sentences
  • When an attorney exercises peremptory challenges, she uses her discretion to reject potential jurors who are not, objectively speaking, objectionable.
  • Other than the preliminary vetting by the trial judge, there is a challenge for cause, peremptory challenges and the oath of the juror.
  • There is no limit as to how many jurors can be removed under this cause, but peremptory challenges has a definite number that a lawyer may use.

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