Definition of jeopardy in English:


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  • 1Danger of loss, harm, or failure.

    ‘Michael's job was not in jeopardy’
    • ‘But his plans are put in jeopardy when he meets an equally competitive female player.’
    • ‘In jeopardy are the achievements of a quarter of a century of dogged work to establish a strong, peaceful British Muslim community.’
    • ‘The allegations have put her career and her five medals from the 2000 games in jeopardy.’
    • ‘If the money doesn't start flowing soon, the country's very future will be in jeopardy.’
    • ‘Farmers in the area have been severely put out by the announcement and the future supply of their milk to Glanbia is in jeopardy.’
    • ‘He also pointed out that a further 300 spin off jobs from the Marino Point plant could be in jeopardy if it was closed.’
    • ‘The future of a top water-skiing club could be in jeopardy if plans for a new housing development are approved by Selby councillors.’
    • ‘All children from marginalised populations face this double jeopardy.’
    • ‘There is no question of double jeopardy, as asserted by some community groups.’
    • ‘Five Dem incumbents there are in jeopardy due to a GOP redistricting plan.’
    • ‘A vital village transport link is in jeopardy due to a lack of people using it.’
    • ‘But this option is in real jeopardy due to union opposition and especially a misguided court decision last summer.’
    • ‘They are, as Greene has phrased it, in triple jeopardy.’
    • ‘You mentioned the triple jeopardy that you feel officers are subject to, and police staff are subject to.’
    • ‘We are in grave jeopardy of suffering the same kind of attacks that they experienced in London.’
    • ‘Sadly this will set a very destructive precedent, which could place the future of our liberty in grave jeopardy.’
    • ‘He dismissed any notion that he was in jeopardy of losing.’
    • ‘Introduce private sector firms operating speed cameras and the integrity of the law will be in grave jeopardy.’
    • ‘All that we have achieved, and all that we aspire to, are in mortal jeopardy.’
    • ‘The accident put his baseball career in immediate jeopardy.’
    danger, peril
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    1. 1.1Law Danger arising from being on trial for a criminal offense.
      ‘Any unfair jeopardy to the Claimant should be dealt with if it arises.’
      • ‘The certificate further describes the jeopardy that could arise from disclosure.’
      • ‘Under the circumstances, he would have placed himself in serious legal jeopardy, however he answered the question.’
      • ‘"Times " editor Bill Keller tells me that she does face legal jeopardy.’
      • ‘He remained apprehensive about returning to the United States, unsure of his legal jeopardy.’



/ˈjepərdē/ /ˈdʒɛpərdi/


Middle English iuparti, from Old French ieu parti ‘(evenly) divided game’. The term was originally used in chess and other games to denote a problem, or a position in which the chances of winning or losing were evenly balanced, hence ‘a dangerous situation’.