(formerly, in England) a writ calling upon a person to show by what authority they claim an office, franchise, or liberty.
(in England and the United States) a trial, hearing, or other legal proceeding initiated to determine by what authority one has an office, franchise, or liberty.
the pleading initiating a trial, hearing, or other legal proceeding initiated to determine by what authority one has an office, franchise, or liberty.
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How to use quo warranto in a sentence
As the actions of slander and libel have been described, only two others require notice, mandamus and quo warranto.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
On the issue of the writ of quo warranto, the business of the colony's agents in London was at an end.The Loyalists of America and Their Times, Vol. 1 of 2 | Egerton Ryerson
Should the Board of Trade accept these accusations, what could preserve the Colony from a quo warranto?A short history of Rhode Island | George Washington Greene
So summons of quo warranto were served upon them, which frightened the smaller corporations and brought down their charters.The Trial of Theodore Parker | Theodore Parker
Gentlemen of the Jury, this charge is a quo warranto against all Freedom of Speech.The Trial of Theodore Parker | Theodore Parker
British Dictionary definitions for quo warranto
law a proceeding initiated to determine or (formerly) a writ demanding by what authority a person claims an office, franchise, or privilege
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