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Definition of challenge:

  1. A claim or demand.
  2. 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.
  3. An exception to a person as not legally qualified to vote. The challenge must be made when the ballot is offered.
  4. 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.
  5. The act of a sentry in halting any one who appears at his post, and demanding the countersign.
  6. The opening and crying of hounds at first finding the scent of their game.
  7. To assert a right; to claim a place.
  8. To call to a contest of any kind; to call to answer; to defy.
  9. To call, invite, or summon to answer for an offense by personal combat.
  10. To censure; to blame.
  11. To claim as due; to demand as a right.
  12. To object to or take exception to, as to a juror, or member of a court.
  13. To object to the reception of the vote of, as on the ground that the person in not qualified as a voter.
  14. To question or demand the countersign from ( one who attempts to pass the lines); as, the sentinel challenged us, with Who comes there?
  15. To take exception to; question; as, to challenge the accuracy of a statement or of a quotation.


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