Definition of jeopardy in English:



  • 1[mass noun] Danger of loss, harm, or failure:

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


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’.