war·​ran·​ty | \ ˈwȯr-ən-tē How to pronounce warranty (audio) , ˈwär- \
plural warranties

Definition of warranty

1a : a real covenant binding the grantor of an estate and the grantor's heirs to warrant and defend the title
b : a collateral undertaking that a fact regarding the subject of a contract is or will be as it is expressly or by implication declared or promised to be
2 : something that authorizes, sanctions, supports, or justifies : warrant
3 : a usually written guarantee of the integrity of a product and of the maker's responsibility for the repair or replacement of defective parts

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Examples of warranty in a Sentence

The stereo came with a three-year warranty. a one-year warranty for the refrigerator
Recent Examples on the Web This car seat also comes with a limited two-year warranty and free shipping. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Diono Radian 3QXT review: Can this adjustable car seat grow with your kids?," 21 Oct. 2020 Strive to get a warranty on any water main repair or replacement. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Water offers buoyancy and supports our lives: Sun Messages," 19 Oct. 2020 The result changed the truck world forever; Ford was able to sell a vehicle in its showrooms that came with a warranty, yet could safely land huge jumps, and still drive you home from the mall in total comfort. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "Inside My Custom Toyota Land Cruiser Build," 15 Oct. 2020 The company also has a lifetime warranty for any rips or frays, which is pretty bold given that sheets, like all cloth, inevitably show signs of wear. Popular Science, "Home and office products that make sure-fire gifts," 7 Oct. 2020 Dell is now allowing users to install Ubuntu 20.04 LTS on XPS 13 laptops that weren't purchased as Developer Edition without losing their factory warranty and support. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Tiger Lake is coming in Dell XPS 13, XPS 13 DE, and XPS 13 2-in-1," 28 Sep. 2020 For comparison, Bloomberg analysts note that typically an EV's battery pack has a 150,000-mile or eight-year warranty. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "China's CATL Has a Million-Mile EV Battery Pack Ready to Go," 8 June 2020 Additionally, the company offers a 180-day trial period and an impressive warranty. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "Saatva Mattress review: Can this mattress alleviate neck and back pain?," 9 Oct. 2020 Possibly best of all, the manufacturer offers a lifetime warranty. Gabrielle Hondorp, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Food Vacuum Sealers To Keep Your Meals Fresh," 8 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of warranty

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for warranty

Middle English warantie, from Anglo-French warantie, garantie, from warentir to warrant

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The first known use of warranty was in the 14th century

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25 Oct 2020

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“Warranty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/warranty. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of warranty

: a written statement that promises the good condition of a product and states that the maker is responsible for repairing or replacing the product usually for a certain period of time after its purchase


war·​ran·​ty | \ ˈwȯr-ən-tē, ˈwär- How to pronounce warranty (audio) \
plural warranties

Legal Definition of warranty

1 : a promise in a deed that gives the grantee of an estate recourse (as through an action for damages) against the grantor and the grantor's heirs in case the grantee is evicted by someone holding a paramount title

called also covenant of warranty

— see also special warranty deed and warranty deed at deed
2a : a promise in a contract (as for a sale or lease) which states that the subject of the contract is as represented (as in being free from defective workmanship) and which gives the warrantee recourse against the warrantor a warranty against defects is implied by the sale — see also breach of warranty at breach sense 1a — compare caveat emptor

Note: A warranty was originally considered to extend only to those parties having privity of contract (as the manufacturer and dealer of an automobile), but cases have held that a warranty also extends to the final consumer who does not contract directly with the manufacturer. Both express and implied warranties may be modified, limited, or even waived by agreement of the parties. Breach of a warranty generally does not constitute breach of the entire contract.

express warranty
: a warranty that is created in a contract by a statement of fact (as a description) which is made about the object of the contract and which forms a basis of the bargain
implied warranty
: a warranty that is not expressly stated but that is recognized or imposed by the law based on the nature of the transaction
warranty of fitness
: a usually implied warranty that the property being sold is fit for the purpose for which the buyer is purchasing it

Note: Under the Uniform Commercial Code, a seller must know the purpose for which goods are being bought and that the buyer is relying on the seller's skill or judgment in order for a warranty of fitness to be implied.

warranty of habitability
: a usually implied warranty in a residential lease that the leased premises will be habitable

Note: If a landlord breaches a warranty of habitability, a tenant may have such remedies as terminating the tenancy, recovering damages, or withholding rent. The warranty is based in many jurisdictions either on case law or statute.

warranty of merchantability
: a usually implied warranty that the property being sold is merchantable (as by being of a quality that is generally acceptable in that line of trade)

Note: Under the Uniform Commercial Code, a warranty of merchantability is not implied unless the seller is a merchant with respect to the goods sold.

b : a usually written guarantee of the integrity of a consumer product and of the maker's responsibility for the repair or replacement of defective parts — see also Consumer Product Safety Act
3 : a statement made in an insurance policy by the insured that a fact relating to the subject of the insurance or the risk exists or will exist or that some related act has been done or will be done — compare representation

Note: A warranty in an insurance policy must be true or be fulfilled in order for the policy to be valid.

affirmative warranty
: a warranty stating that a fact or condition is currently true
promissory warranty
: a warranty stating that a fact or condition is and will remain true

History and Etymology for warranty

modification (influenced by warrant) of Anglo-French garantie, from garantir to protect, warrant

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