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Meaning of CHALLENGE

Pronunciation:  'chalinj

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a demand by a sentry for a password or identification
  2. [n]  questioning a statement and demanding an explanation; "he challenged the assumption that Japan is our enemy"
  3. [n]  a formal objection to the selection of a particular person as a juror
  4. [n]  a call to engage in a contest or fight
  5. [n]  a demanding or stimulating situation; "they reacted irrationally to the challenge of Russian power"
  6. [v]  raise a formal objection in a court of law
  7. [v]  ask for identification; "The illegal immigrant was challenged by the border guard"
  8. [v]  issue a challenge to; "Fischer challenged Spassky to a match"
  9. [v]  take exception to; "She challenged his claims"

CHALLENGE is a 9 letter word that starts with C.


 Synonyms: dispute, gainsay, take exception
 See Also: appeal, bespeak, bid, call, call for, call into question, call out, calling into question, call-out, confrontation, contend, contest, counterchallenge, dare, dare, daring, defiance, defy, demand, demand for explanation, demand for identification, halt, impeach, impugn, inquiring, invite, litigate, object, objection, oppugn, process, provoke, quest, question, questioning, remand, remit, repugn, request, send back, situation, speech act, state of affairs, stimulate, stop, sue



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Chal"lenge\, 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
       cause. --Blackstone
    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.
    {Peremptory challenge}, a privilege sometimes allowed to
       defendants, of challenging a certain number of jurors
       (fixed by statute in different States) without assigning
       any cause.
    {Principal challenge}, that which the law allows to be
       sufficient if found to be true.
  2. \Chal"lenge\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Challenged}; p. pr.
    & vb. n. {Challenging}.] [OE. chalengen to accuse, claim, OF.
    chalengier, chalongier, to claim, accuse, dispute, fr. L.
    calumniar to attack with false accusations. See {Challenge},
    n., and cf. {Calumniate}.]
    1. To call to a contest of any kind; to call to answer; to
             I challenge any man to make any pretense to power by
             right of fatherhood.                  --Locke.
    2. To call, invite, or summon to answer for an offense by
       personal combat.
             By this I challenge him to single fight. --Shak.
    3. To claim as due; to demand as a right.
             Challenge better terms.               --Addison.
    4. To censure; to blame. [Obs.]
             He complained of the emperors . . . and challenged
             them for that he had no greater revenues . . . from
             them.                                 --Holland.
    5. (Mil.) To question or demand the countersign from (one who
       attempts to pass the lines); as, the sentinel challenged
       us, with ``Who comes there?''
    6. To take exception to; question; as, to challenge the
       accuracy of a statement or of a quotation.
    7. (Law) To object to or take exception to, as to a juror, or
       member of a court.
    8. To object to the reception of the vote of, as on the
       ground that the person in not qualified as a voter. [U.
    {To challenge to the} {array, favor, polls}. See under
       {Challenge}, n.
  3. \Chal"lenge\, v. i.
    To assert a right; to claim a place.
          Where nature doth with merit challenge.  --Shak.
Legal Dictionary
 Definition: An objection, such as when an attorney objects at a hearing to the seating of a particular person on a civil or criminal jury.
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