[ kwoh waw-ran-toh, wo- ]
/ kwoʊ wɔˈræn toʊ, wɒ- /
(formerly, in England) a writ calling upon a person to show by what authority he or she claims an office, franchise, or liberty.
(in England and the U.S.) a trial, hearing, or other legal proceeding initiated to determine by what authority one has an office, franchise, or liberty.
the pleading initiating such a proceeding.
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Origin of quo warranto
1250–1300; Middle English <Medieval Latin quō warrantō by what warrant
Words nearby quo warranto
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British Dictionary definitions for quo warranto
/ (ˈkwəʊ wɒˈræntəʊ) /
law a proceeding initiated to determine or (formerly) a writ demanding by what authority a person claims an office, franchise, or privilege
Word Origin for quo warranto
from Medieval Latin: by what warrant
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