quo warranto

noun
quo war·ran·to | \ ˌkwō-wə-ˈrän-(ˌ)tō , -ˈran- ; -ˈwȯr-ən-ˌtō , -ˈwär- \

Definition of quo warranto 

1a : 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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This quo warranto business may feel airy and academic. Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine, "How state attorneys general could take down Trump.," 15 Feb. 2017 Chief Justice Jorge Labarga questioned why the court would wait until the appointments were made and a quo warranto claim was filed before resolving the conflict. Mary Ellen Klas, miamiherald, "Who gets to appoint 3 new Florida justices, Rick Scott or the next governor?," 1 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of quo warranto

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for quo warranto

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

Medieval Latin, 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

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