- 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.
Origin of jeopardy
Related Wordsperil, precariousness, accident, risk, liability, insecurity, vulnerability, hazard, endangerment, chance, venture, exposure
Examples from the Web for jeopardy
I wish there were nothing for me to do but to take my Jeopardy!From Socially Isolated Nerd to Jeopardy! Bad Boy: A Thank You Note
November 27, 2014
In the semifinals, she was in a peculiar position for someone of Jeopardy!
The processing errors of her mind manifested in a few debilitating ways: Her wagers, written with Jeopardy!
They banter with Alex Trebek and tell stories of life after Jeopardy!
The one sticking point was, of course, that my D-list viral celebrity as a Jeopardy!Men Without a Country: Mike Brown, Trayvon Martin, My Father and Me
August 12, 2014
Now do be careful of yourself, pray do, and consider what jeopardy you might have stood in.Barnaby Rudge
What was a boy's whiplash, that his resentment of it; should set all his future life in jeopardy?The Sea-Hawk
I would not have those of your meinie brought into jeopardy for my cause.'Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
The astronomical endowment was soon in jeopardy by litigation.Great Astronomers
R. S. Ball
They had volunteered to serve him, and put themselves in jeopardy for his sake.Two Sides of the Face
Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
- 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
Word Origin and History for jeopardy
c.1300, ioparde (13c. in Anglo-French), from Old French jeu parti, literally "a divided game, game with even chances," from jeu "a game" (from Latin iocus "jest;" see joke (n.)) + parti, past participle of partir "to divide" (see part (v.)). Originally "a stratagem;" sense of "danger, risk" is late 14c.