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[jep-er-dee] /ˈdʒɛp ər di/
noun, plural jeopardies.
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
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for jeopardy
  • 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.
  • Both the coast and diversified forests are in jeopardy due to erosion and monoculture tree farming.
  • In so doing they were putting their own careers in jeopardy.
  • It is a case of double jeopardy.
  • Your failure to keep that promise could put you and the college in jeopardy.
  • For a moment his life was in jeopardy.
  • But then the weather got a little warmer, and the ice isn't quite there, and now the whole thing's in jeopardy.
British Dictionary definitions for jeopardy


noun (usually preceded by in)
danger of injury, loss, death, etc; risk; peril; hazard: his health was in jeopardy
(law) danger of being convicted and punished for a criminal offence See also double jeopardy
Word Origin
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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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.

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