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death qualification n: the process of excluding a juror from the jury of a case in which the death penalty may be imposed on the grounds that the juror's objection to the death penalty would prevent him or her from making an impartial decision as to the defendant's guilt
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.