Definition of double jeopardy in English:

double jeopardy


mass noun
  • 1North American Law
    The prosecution or punishment of a person twice for the same offence.

    ‘he can still be prosecuted on that charge without double jeopardy’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It is that the appellant has already been subjected to, if not double jeopardy, at least the inconvenience and anxiety of more than one proceeding.’
    • ‘Moreover, no ‘person’ shall suffer double jeopardy for the same crime or be compelled to be a witness against himself.’
    1. 1.1Risk or disadvantage incurred from two sources simultaneously.
      ‘he is in double jeopardy, unable to speak either language adequately’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He says that stocks in which the big fish have all been caught face a kind of double jeopardy: The risk posed by long-term declines is magnified by erratic, shorter-term fluctuations.’
      • ‘One of the disadvantages of working in the policing profession is that we face double jeopardy.’
      • ‘Many South Asians are employed in the construction industry as day laborers and an injury can be double jeopardy for the worker, because without work, he doesn't get paid.’
      • ‘My colleague Stephen Franks has done an excellent minority report in which he states that we go into the dangerous area of double jeopardy, and we do not need to do that.’
      • ‘All children from marginalised populations face this double jeopardy.’
      • ‘It means, in essence, that less well-off communities should not suffer the double jeopardy of living in a rotten environment, just because they are less well-off.’
      • ‘For them this is a double jeopardy, since they are also subjected to discrimination and mistreatment by some of the other detainees who regard them as unclean.’


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