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jeopardy

[ jep-er-dee ]
/ ˈdʒɛp ər di /
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noun, plural jeop·ard·ies.

hazard or risk of or exposure to loss, harm, death, or injury: For a moment his life was in jeopardy.
peril or danger: The spy was in constant jeopardy of being discovered.
Law. the danger or hazard of being found guilty, and of consequent punishment, undergone by criminal defendants on trial.

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Origin of jeopardy

1200–50; Middle English j(e)uparti, joupardi(e), j(e)upardi(e) <Anglo-French, Old French: literally, divided game or play, hence, uncertain chance, problem (in chess or love), equivalent to j(e)u play, game (<Latin jocusjoke) + parti, past participle of partir to divide; see party
1, 2. See danger.
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British Dictionary definitions for jeopardy

jeopardy
/ (ˈdʒɛpədɪ) /

noun (usually preceded by in)

danger of injury, loss, death, etc; risk; peril; hazardhis health was in jeopardy
law danger of being convicted and punished for a criminal offenceSee also double jeopardy
C14: from Old French jeu parti, literally: divided game, hence uncertain issue, from jeu game, from Latin jocus joke, game + partir to divide, from Latin partīrī
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