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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 of search warrant
1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • You're never going to get a search warrant or an after-the-fact notice that your communications have been intercepted.
  • Sudd's father contacted the authorities, who quickly obtained a search warrant for the homes of the boys.
  • Sir, maybe you can start off by telling me what exactly is an anticipatory search warrant.
  • He contends that, as a result, the detective performed the search and then subsequently secured a search warrant.
  • Where a search warrant has been obtained to draw a blood sample, whether or not a suspect is under arrest is of no consequence.
British Dictionary definitions for search warrant

search warrant

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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