quo warranto

quo warranto

[kwoh waw-ran-toh, wo-]
noun Law.
(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.

1250–1300; Middle English < Medieval Latin quō warrantō by what warrant

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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
[from Medieval Latin: by what warrant]

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quo warranto
from M.L., lit. "by what warrant."
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