quo warranto

[ kwoh waw-ran-toh, wo- ]

nounLaw.
  1. (formerly, in England) a writ calling upon a person to show by what authority they claim an office, franchise, or liberty.

  2. (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.

  1. the pleading initiating a trial, hearing, or other legal proceeding initiated to determine by what authority one has an office, franchise, or liberty.

Origin of quo warranto

1
First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English, from Medieval Latin quō warrantō “by what warrant”

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British Dictionary definitions for quo warranto

quo warranto

/ (ˈkwəʊ wɒˈræntəʊ) /


noun
  1. law a proceeding initiated to determine or (formerly) a writ demanding by what authority a person claims an office, franchise, or privilege

Origin of quo warranto

1
from Medieval Latin: by what warrant

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