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warrant

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noun war·rant \ˈwȯr-ənt, ˈwär-\

Simple Definition of warrant

  • law : a document issued by a court that gives the police the power to do something

  • : a reason for thinking, deciding, or doing something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of warrant

  1. 1 a (1) :  sanction, authorization; also :  evidence for or token of authorization (2) :  guarantee, security b (1) :  ground, justification (2) :  confirmation, proof

  2. 2 a :  a commission or document giving authority to do something; especially :  a writing that authorizes a person to pay or deliver to another and the other to receive money or other consideration b :  a precept or writ issued by a competent magistrate authorizing an officer to make an arrest, a seizure, or a search or to do other acts incident to the administration of justice c :  an official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer d (1) :  a short-term obligation of a governmental body (as a municipality) issued in anticipation of revenue (2) :  an instrument issued by a corporation giving to the holder the right to purchase the stock of the corporation at a stated price either prior to a stipulated date or at any future time

warrantless

play \-ləs\ adjective

Examples of warrant in a sentence

  1. The police had a warrant for his arrest.

  2. There was no warrant for such behavior.



Origin and Etymology of warrant

Middle English waraunt protector, warrant, from Anglo-French warant, garant, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German werēnto guarantor, werēn to warrant; akin to Old High German wāra trust, care — more at very


First Known Use: 14th century


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warrant

verb war·rant

Simple Definition of warrant

  • : to require or deserve (something)

  • : to make a legal promise that a statement is true

  • : to give a guarantee or warranty for (a product)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of warrant

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to declare or maintain with certainty :  be sure that <I'll warrant he'll be here by noon> b :  to assure (a person) of the truth of what is said

  3. 2 a :  to guarantee to a person good title to and undisturbed possession of (as an estate) b :  to provide a guarantee of the security of (as title to property sold) usually by an express covenant in the deed of conveyance c :  to guarantee to be as represented d :  to guarantee (as goods sold) especially in respect of the quality or quantity specified

  4. 3 :  to guarantee security or immunity to :  secure <I'll warrant him from drowning — Shakespeare>

  5. 4 :  to give warrant or sanction to :  authorize <the law warrants this procedure>

  6. 5 a :  to give proof of the authenticity or truth of b :  to give assurance of the nature of or for the undertaking of :  guarantee

  7. 6 :  to serve as or give adequate ground or reason for <promising enough to warrant further consideration>

Examples of warrant in a sentence

  1. The writing was poor, but it hardly warrants that kind of insulting criticism.

  2. The punishment he received was not warranted.



Origin and Etymology of warrant

Middle English, waranten to act as protector, guarantee, from Anglo-French warentir, garantir, from warant


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with warrant



WARRANT Defined for Kids

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warrant

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noun war·rant \ˈwȯr-ənt\

Definition of warrant for Students

  1. 1 :  a reason or cause for an opinion or action <There is no warrant for such behavior.>

  2. 2 :  a document giving legal power <“Hold that man,” … “I have a warrant for his arrest.” — Richard and Florence Atwater, Mr. Popper's Penguins>




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warrant

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verb war·rant

Definition of warrant for Students

warranted

warranting

  1. 1 :  to be sure of or that <I'll warrant they know the answer.>

  2. 2 :  2guarantee 1 <The toaster is warranted for 90 days.>

  3. 3 :  to call for :  justify <The report warrants careful study.>




Law Dictionary

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warrant

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noun war·rant \ˈwȯr-ənt, ˈwär-\

Legal Definition of warrant

  1. 1 :  warranty 2 <an implied warrant of fitness>

  2. 2 :  a commission or document giving authority to do something: as a :  an order from one person (as an official) to another to pay public funds to a designated person b :  a writ issued especially by a judicial official (as a magistrate) authorizing an officer (as a sheriff) to perform a specified act required for the administration of justice <a warrant of arrest> <by warrant of commitment> administrative warrant :  a warrant (as for an administrative search) issued by a judge upon application of an administrative agency anticipatory search warrant :  a search warrant that is issued on the basis of an affidavit showing probable cause that there will be certain evidence at a specific location at a future time —called also anticipatory warrant arrest warrant :  a warrant issued to a law enforcement officer ordering the officer to arrest and bring the person named in the warrant before the court or a magistrate Editor's note: A criminal arrest warrant must be issued based upon probable cause. Not all arrests require an arrest warrant. bench warrant :  a warrant issued by a judge for the arrest of a person who is in contempt of court or indicted death warrant :  a warrant issued to a warden or other prison official to carry out a sentence of death dispossessory warrant \ˌdis-pə-ˈze-sə-rē-\ :  a warrant issued to evict someone (as a lessee) from real property —used especially in Georgia distress warrant :  a warrant ordering the distress of property and specifying which items of property are to be distrained extradition warrant :  a warrant for the extradition of a fugitive; specifically :  rendition warrant in this entry fugitive warrant :  an arrest warrant issued in one jurisdiction for someone who is a fugitive from another jurisdiction —called also fugitive from justice warrant general warrant :  a warrant that is unconstitutional because it fails to state with sufficient particularity the place or person to be searched or things to be seized material witness warrant :  a warrant issued for the arrest of a material witness to prevent the witness from fleeing without giving testimony no–knock search warrant :  a search warrant allowing law enforcement officers to enter premises without prior announcement in order to prevent destruction of evidence (as illegal drugs) or harm to the officers — compare exigent circumstances rendition warrant :  a warrant issued by an official (as a governor) in one jurisdiction (as a state) for the extradition of a fugitive in that jurisdiction to another that is requesting the extradition search warrant :  a warrant authorizing law enforcement officers to conduct a search of a place (as a house or vehicle) or person and usually also to seize evidence —called also search and seizure warrant Editor's note: The Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution requires that a search warrant for a criminal investigation be issued only upon a showing of probable cause, as established usually by a sworn affidavit. The search warrant has to specify the premises and persons to be searched as well as what is being searched for. Not all searches require a search warrant. Warrantless searches are permitted when they are of a kind that the courts have found to be reasonable (as by being limited) or when they are prompted by a level of suspicion or belief (as reasonable suspicion or probable cause) that is consistent with the level of intrusion of the search. Some searches have been found to be so intrusive that a court hearing is required before the search is permitted.

  3. 3a :  a short-term obligation of a governmental body (as a municipality) issued in anticipation of revenue b :  an instrument issued by a corporation giving to the holder the right to purchase the capital stock of the corporation at a stated price either prior to a stipulated date or at any future time <stock warrant> — compare subscription

warrantless

adjective


Origin and Etymology of warrant

Anglo-French warant garant protector, guarantor, authority, authorization, of Germanic origin


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warrant

transitive verb war·rant

Legal Definition of warrant

  1. 1 :  to guarantee especially by giving assurances that make one liable or responsible: as a :  to give a warranty (as of title) to b :  to protect or assure by warranty <the warranted goods> <an assignor is not liable for defaults of the obligor and does not warrant his solvency — Restatement (Second) of Contracts> c :  to state as a warranty :  guarantee to be as represented <the seller warrants that the car is without defects> <expressly warranted “prior endorsements guaranteed” — J. J. White and R. S. Summers>

  2. 2a :  to authorize by a warrant <a warranted search> b :  to serve as or give adequate reason or authorization for <warranted the awarding of attorney's fees> <was not warranted by the facts>

  3. 3 :  to give proof of the authenticity or truth of <a formally warranted statement>



Origin and Etymology of warrant

Anglo-French warentir garantir, from garant protector, guarantor



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