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Definition: Peremptory challenge
, a. [L. peremptorius destructive,
deadly, decisive, final: cf. F. p['e]remptorie. See
1. Precluding debate or expostulation; not admitting of
question or appeal; positive; absolute; decisive;
Think of heaven with hearty purposes and peremptory
designs to get thither. --Jer. Taylor.
2. Positive in opinion or judgment; decided; dictatorial;
Be not too positive and peremptory. --Bacon.
Briefly, then, for we are peremptory. --Shak.
3. Firmly determined; unawed. [Poetic] --Shak.
(Law) See under Challenge
, a final and absolute mandamus.
, a plea by a defendant tending to impeach
the plaintiff's right of action; a plea in bar.
Syn: Decisive; positive; absolute; authoritative; express;
, n. [OE. chalenge claim, accusation,
challenge, OF. chalenge, chalonge, claim, accusation,
contest, fr. L. calumnia false accusation, chicanery. See
1. An invitation to engage in a contest or controversy of any
kind; a defiance; specifically, a summons to fight a duel;
also, the letter or message conveying the summons.
A challenge to controversy. --Goldsmith.
2. The act of a sentry in halting any one who appears at his
post, and demanding the countersign.
3. A claim or demand. [Obs.]
There must be no challenge of superiority.
4. (Hunting) The opening and crying of hounds at first
finding the scent of their game.
5. (Law) An exception to a juror or to a member of a court
martial, coupled with a demand that he should be held
incompetent to act; the claim of a party that a certain
person or persons shall not sit in trial upon him or his
6. An exception to a person as not legally qualified to vote.
The challenge must be made when the ballot is offered. [U.
Challenge to the array
(Law), an exception to the whole
Challenge to the favor
, the alleging a special cause, the
sufficiency of which is to be left to those whose duty and
office it is to decide upon it.
Challenge to the polls
, an exception taken to any one or
more of the individual jurors returned.
, a privilege sometimes allowed to
defendants, of challenging a certain number of jurors
(fixed by statute in different States) without assigning
, that which the law allows to be
sufficient if found to be true.