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warrant

[wawr-uh nt, wor-] /ˈwɔr ənt, ˈwɒr-/
noun
1.
authorization, sanction, or justification.
2.
something that serves to give reliable or formal assurance of something; guarantee, pledge, or security.
Synonyms: warranty, surety.
3.
something considered as having the force of a guarantee or as being positive assurance of a thing:
The cavalry and artillery were considered sure warrants of success.
4.
a writing or document certifying or authorizing something, as a receipt, license, or commission.
Synonyms: permit, voucher, writ, order, chit.
5.
Law. an instrument, issued by a magistrate, authorizing an officer to make an arrest, seize property, make a search, or carry a judgment into execution.
6.
the certificate of authority or appointment issued to an officer of the armed forces below the rank of a commissioned officer.
7.
a warehouse receipt.
8.
a written authorization for the payment or receipt of money:
a treasury warrant.
verb (used with object)
9.
to give authority to; authorize.
10.
to give reason or sanction for; account for:
The circumstances warrant such measures.
11.
to give one's word for; vouch for (often used with a clause to emphasize something asserted):
I'll warrant he did!
Synonyms: guarantee, attest, swear.
12.
to give a formal assurance, or a guarantee or promise, to or for; guarantee:
to warrant someone honorable treatment; to warrant payment; to warrant safe delivery.
13.
to guarantee the quantity, quality, and other representations of (an article, product, etc.), as to a purchaser.
14.
to guarantee or secure title to (the purchaser of goods); assure indemnification against loss to.
15.
Law. to guarantee title of an estate or other granted property (to a grantee).
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; (noun) Middle English warant < Anglo-French; Old French guarant < Germanic; compare Middle Low German warend, -ent warranty, noun use of present participle of waren to warrant; (v.) Middle English < Anglo-French warantir; Old French g(u)arantir, derivative of guarant; see guaranty
Related forms
warrantless, adjective
nonwarranted, adjective
prewarrant, noun, verb (used with object)
quasi-warranted, adjective
rewarrant, verb (used with object)
self-warranting, adjective
unwarranted, adjective
unwarrantedly, adverb
well-warranted, adjective
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Examples for warrants
  • The so-called music of savage tribes as little deserves the name of art for the understanding as the ear warrants it for music.
  • Many learned people seem to feel that the quality of readableness in a book is one which warrants suspicion.
  • warrants have been issued for the arrests of two other suspects.
  • Not one that warrants such a nuclear response, but one that does deserve a response.
  • But by printing this thing, you have perpetuated the erroneous belief that an extremely isolated incident warrants attention.
  • The law allows the agencies to get search warrants based on less evidence and to keep such warrants secret.
  • And while the total number and volume of oil spills is down dramatically from bygone days, the trend of late warrants concern.
  • But the off site support to these struggling people, warrants severe review,and probable sanctions.
  • It is simply a call to observe the limits of what the evidence warrants.
  • Though flawed the study is still interesting and warrants a more in-depth study.
British Dictionary definitions for warrants

warrant

/ˈwɒrənt/
noun
1.
anything that gives authority for an action or decision; authorization; sanction
2.
a document that certifies or guarantees, such as a receipt for goods stored in a warehouse, a licence, or a commission
3.
(law) an authorization issued by a magistrate or other official allowing a constable or other officer to search or seize property, arrest a person, or perform some other specified act
4.
(in certain armed services) the official authority for the appointment of warrant officers
5.
a security that functions as a stock option by giving the owner the right to buy ordinary shares in a company at a specified date, often at a specified price
verb (transitive)
6.
to guarantee the quality, condition, etc, of (something)
7.
to give authority or power to
8.
to attest to or assure the character, worthiness, etc, of
9.
to guarantee (a purchaser of merchandise) against loss of, damage to, or misrepresentation concerning the merchandise
10.
(law) to guarantee (the title to an estate or other property)
11.
to declare boldly and confidently
Derived Forms
warrantable, adjective
warrantability, noun
warrantably, adverb
warranter, noun
warrantless, adjective
Word Origin
C13: from Anglo-French warrant, variant of Old French guarant, from guarantir to guarantee, of Germanic origin; compare guaranty
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Word Origin and History for warrants
warrant
early 13c., "protector, defender," from O.N.Fr. warant (O.Fr. guarant), from Frankish *warand (cf. O.H.G. weren "to authorize, warrant," Ger. gewähren "to grant"), from P.Gmc. *war- "to warn, guard, protect," perhaps from PIE base *wer- "to cover" (cf. L. vereri "to observe with awe, revere, respect, fear;" Gk. ouros "watchman," horan "to see;" Hitt. werite- "to see;" see weir). Sense evolved via notion of "permission from a superior which protects one from blame or responsibility" (c.1300) to "document conveying authority" (1510s). A warrant office in the military is one who holds office by warrant, rather than by commission.
warrant
late 13c., "to keep safe from danger," from O.N.Fr. warantir (O.Fr. guarantir), from warant (see warrant (n.)). Meaning "to guarantee to be of quality" is attested from late 14c.; sense of "to guarantee as true" is recorded from c.1300.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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