quo warranto

quo war·​ran·​to | \ ˌkwō-wə-ˈrän-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce quo warranto (audio) , -ˈran- How to pronounce quo warranto (audio) ; -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

Examples of quo warranto in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The complaint asks Kaul to remedy the situation through a quo warranto action, or a challenge to Prehn's right to remain on the board after his term expired. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 July 2021 This quo warranto business may feel airy and academic. Dahlia Lithwick, Slate Magazine, 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, 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

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“Quo warranto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quo%20warranto. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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quo warranto

quo war·​ran·​to | \ ˈkwō-wə-ˈran-tō, -ˈrän- How to pronounce quo warranto (audio) \

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

History and Etymology for quo warranto

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


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