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

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 Ford extended the warranty on 600,000 of the vehicles’ transmissions in August 2019. Anjanette Delgado, Freep.com, 2 Jan. 2022 Warranties and equipment Powers of Stellar Solar said if Sullivan customers have problems with their panels, inverters, monitors or other equipment, those items are typically covered by the factory warranty of the company that manufactured them. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Dec. 2021 The compact footprint keeps it portable, the fiberglass ribs and shaft keep it sturdy, and the lifetime warranty keeps your purchase protected. Matt Jancer, Wired, 29 Nov. 2021 The warranty must be offered and explained to buyers. Stephen Hudak, orlandosentinel.com, 19 Oct. 2021 First, this program doesn’t extend the standard warranty of your AirPods Pro. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 14 Oct. 2021 After hearing horror stories of customers drilling into its standard cases—voiding the lifetime warranty—the design team created a bespoke model for overlanding applications. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 4 Oct. 2021 Module makers typically reach those higher data rates by overclocking the RAM, which also technically requires voiding the warranty of AMD and Intel CPUs. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, 8 Sep. 2021 The Journal reported that Taylor said owners are allowed to fix their machines, with an exception: The warranty for the product would no longer be valid. BostonGlobe.com, 2 Sep. 2021

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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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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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