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challenge vt

1 : to dispute esp. as being invalid or unjust [counsel challenged this interpretation]
2 : to question formally (as by a suit or motion) the legality or legal qualifications of [ the regulations]
: to make a challenge to (a trier of fact) [the grounds for challenging prospective jurors "W. R. LaFave and A. W. Scott, Jr."] compare recuse
n 1 : a calling into question
: a questioning of validity or legality
: objection [when the to the statute is in effect a of this basic assumption "Kramer v. Union Free School Dist. No. 15, 395 U.S. 621 (1969)"] see also batson challenge
2 : a request to disqualify a trier of fact (as a jury member or judge) compare recusal, strike

challenge for cause
: a challenge esp. of a prospective juror based on a specific and stated cause or reason

challenge to the array
: a challenge of an entire jury that raises objections to the selection process

peremptory challenge
: a challenge esp. of a prospective juror that does not require a stated cause or reason

Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.

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