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noun Law.
the subjecting of a person to a second trial or punishment for the same offense for which the person has already been tried or punished.
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Origin of double jeopardy

First recorded in 1905–10
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British Dictionary definitions for double jeopardy

double jeopardy

noun
the act of prosecuting a defendant a second time for an offence for which he has already been tried
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Cultural definitions for double jeopardy

double jeopardy

Trying a person twice in the same jurisdiction for the same crime, a practice prohibited by the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution. (See due process of law.)

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