death warrant


: a warrant for the execution of a death sentence

Examples of death warrant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The next day, the state issued a death warrant for Creech — his 12th over his decades on death row. Kevin Fixler, Idaho Statesman, 26 Mar. 2024 Thomas Eugene Creech was served a death warrant with a scheduled execution date for Feb. 28, according to the Idaho Department of Corrections. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2024 Idaho Attorney General Raúl Labrador and Ada County Prosecutor Jan Bennetts were driving forces behind the latest attempt to execute Creech — the 12th time he had been served with a death warrant since his first conviction in 1975. Kevin Fixler, Idaho Statesman, 26 Mar. 2024 The death warrant for Creech will expire and Idaho officials will consider next steps, according to a statement from the Department of Correction. James Powel, USA TODAY, 29 Feb. 2024 Creech’s death warrant expired at the end of day and he was returned to his cell, Tewalt said in a message to staff, and authorities will meet to determine next steps. Niha Masih, Washington Post, 29 Feb. 2024 The death warrant is now being allowed to expire and will need to be renewed for a later attempt. Anders Hagstrom, Fox News, 28 Feb. 2024 Within 30 days that district court judge would be required to present a death warrant to the Kansas Department of Corrections. Katie Bernard, Kansas City Star, 16 Feb. 2024 The state obtained Creech’s latest death warrant the next day. Kevin Fixler, Idaho Statesman, 10 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1692, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of death warrant was in 1692

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“Death warrant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

death warrant

see warrant

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