quo warranto

noun quo war·ran·to \ ˌkwō-wə-ˈrän-(ˌ)tō , -ˈran- ; -ˈwȯr-ən-ˌtō , -ˈwär- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of quo warranto

1 a : an English writ formerly requiring a person to show by what authority he exercises a public office, franchise, or liberty
b : a legal proceeding for a like purpose begun by an information
2 : the legal action begun by a quo warranto

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Origin and Etymology of quo warranto

Middle English quo waranto, from Medieval Latin quo warranto by what warrant; from the wording of the writ


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quo warranto

noun quo war·ran·to \ ˈkwō-wə-ˈran-tō, -ˈrän- \

legal Definition of quo warranto

1 : an extraordinary writ requiring a person or corporation to show by what right or authority a public office or franchise is held or exercised
2 : a proceeding in the nature of a writ of quo warranto for determining by what authority or right an office or franchise is held or exercised and seeking as an extraordinary remedy the discontinuance of an unlawful exercise of office or franchise

Origin and Etymology of quo warranto

Medieval Latin, by what warrant; from the wording of the writ


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