search warrant

noun Law.
a court order authorizing the examination of a dwelling or other private premises by police officials, as for stolen goods.

Origin:
1730–40

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search warrant
 
n
a written order issued by a justice of the peace authorizing a constable or other officer to enter and search premises for stolen goods, drugs, etc

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Example sentences
Right now a search warrant is required to legally tap cell phones and intercept
  wireless communications.
Each day more names are dribbling out, sometimes even before a search warrant
  has been issued or an arrest made.
It is the dog's alert, however, that often provides the probable cause to
  obtain the search warrant.
House and computers also require a search warrant to search.
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