jeopardy

[jep-er-dee]
noun, plural jeopardies.
1.
hazard or risk of or exposure to loss, harm, death, or injury: For a moment his life was in jeopardy.
2.
peril or danger: The spy was in constant jeopardy of being discovered.
3.
Law. the danger or hazard of being found guilty, and of consequent punishment, undergone by criminal defendants on trial.

Origin:
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 jocus joke) + parti, past participle of partir to divide; see party


1, 2. See danger.


1, 2. security.
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jeopardy (ˈdʒɛpədɪ)
 
n
1.  danger of injury, loss, death, etc; risk; peril; hazard: his health was in jeopardy
2.  law See also double jeopardy danger of being convicted and punished for a criminal offence
 
[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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jeopardy
c.1300, ioparde (13c. in Anglo-Fr.), from O.Fr. jeu parti, lit. "a divided game, game with even chances," from jeu "a game" (from L. jocus "jest") + parti, pp. of partir "to divide" (see part). Originally "a stratagem," sense of "danger, risk" is late 14c.
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Example sentences
Any assets in shared accounts are in jeopardy.
The very things that I believe in are going to be in jeopardy.
My job may be in jeopardy if I were to take the time to break my caffeine
  addiction.
Many ranchers were not supportive, fearful that their livelihoods would be in
  jeopardy from the predators.
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