Definition of peremptory challenge in US English:

peremptory challenge


  • A defendant's or lawyer's objection to a proposed juror, made without needing to give a reason.

    ‘attorneys used their peremptory challenges to exclude jurors based on the crudest racial stereotypes’
    mass noun ‘the extent of peremptory challenge’
    • ‘There is no limit as to how many jurors can be removed under this cause, but peremptory challenges has a definite number that a lawyer may use.’
    • ‘The few retirees from upper income brackets could be bounced from the panel with peremptory challenges by the plaintiff's attorney.’
    • ‘When an attorney exercises peremptory challenges, she uses her discretion to reject potential jurors who are not, objectively speaking, objectionable.’
    • ‘Other than the preliminary vetting by the trial judge, there is a challenge for cause, peremptory challenges and the oath of the juror.’
    • ‘As everyone knows, peremptory challenges are frequently used to eliminate people of a particular gender or a particular age group or a particular apparent professional status.’