search warrant


Definition of search warrant

: a warrant authorizing a search (as of a house) for stolen goods or unlawful possessions

Examples of search warrant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On Wednesday morning, a deputy fatally shot and killed a Black man while serving a search warrant in eastern North Carolina. Star Tribune, "Grim list of deaths at police hands grows even after verdict," 22 Apr. 2021 The deputy, who has not been identified, was serving a search warrant at Brown's rental home Wednesday morning when Brown was fatally shot around around 8:30 a.m. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "Protesters want body camera video released after Black man fatally shot by North Carolina deputy: What we know," 22 Apr. 2021 Lemon, referencing Derek Chauvin's conviction, the shooting of Daunte Wright, and the shooting of Andrew Brown on Wednesday when police tried serving a search warrant, said change still is necessary regarding policing. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "'We've got to be fair': Don Lemon pushes back on criticism of Ohio police officer who shot 16-year-old girl," 22 Apr. 2021 Mattingly was one of seven officers tasked with serving the search warrant at Taylor's ground-floor apartment around 12:40 a.m. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly: What to know about the Louisville cop shot in Breonna Taylor raid," 15 Apr. 2021 Detectives are still in the area serving a search warrant & investigating this tragic event. Wilson Wong, NBC News, "Five, including doctor and his two grandchildren, killed in South Carolina shooting," 8 Apr. 2021 Officers arrested two men, ages 41 and 38, while serving the search warrant at the home on 32nd Street near the Meade Avenue bridge over Interstate 805, according to San Diego police spokesman Lt. Shawn Takeuchi. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "SWAT officers raid Normal Heights home, find guns, drugs and cash," 25 Mar. 2021 Cops also will be required to perform a planning session before serving a search warrant, and an independent investigation of the raid will be conducted to make sure the information used to obtain the warrant was accurate. John Byrne,, "Mayor Lori Lightfoot proposes changes to Chicago police search warrant policies following wrongful raid on Anjanette Young’s home," 3 Mar. 2021 Springdale police officers assisted in the investigation by serving a search warrant at the Johnson Meadows Apartments in Springdale, Foster said. Nwa Democrat-gazette, Arkansas Online, "Police searching for suspect in Rogers shooting," 28 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of search warrant

1739, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of search warrant was in 1739

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30 Apr 2021

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“Search warrant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of search warrant

: a legal document that gives the police permission to search a place for evidence

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Legal Definition of search warrant

— see warrant

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