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[n. wawr-uh n-tee, wor-; v. wawr-uh n-tee, wor-] /n. ˈwɔr ən ti, ˈwɒr-; v. ˌwɔr ənˈti, ˌwɒr-/
noun, plural warranties.
an act or an instance of warranting; assurance; authorization; warrant.
  1. a stipulation, explicit or implied, in assurance of some particular in connection with a contract, as of sale:
    an express warranty of the quality of goods.
  2. Also called covenant of warranty. a covenant in a deed to land by which the party conveying assures the grantee that he or she will enjoy the premises free from interference by any person claiming under a superior title.
  3. (in the law of insurance) a statement or promise, made by the party insured, and included as an essential part of the contract, falsity or nonfulfillment of which renders the policy void.
  4. a judicial document, as a warrant or writ.
a written guarantee given to the purchaser of a new appliance, automobile, or other item by the manufacturer or dealer, usually specifying that the manufacturer will make any repairs or replace defective parts free of charge for a stated period of time.
verb (used with object), warrantied, warrantying.
to provide a manufacturer's or dealer's warranty for:
The automaker warranties its new cars against exterior rust.
1300-50; Middle English warantie < Anglo-French (Old French guarantie). See warrant, -y3
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  • There, shoppers are asked to buy a product that few have investigated: the extended warranty.
  • Don't try it on a new car, unless you are okay with voiding your warranty.
  • He also had signed a contract absolving the seller from any warranty for her condition.
  • If you install solar window film on double-pane windows, you could void your warranty.
  • The warranty did not cover oceanographic expeditions.
  • Of course, when you do this, your warranty will evaporate.
  • And that warranty is good regardless of how many times the house has been bought or sold.
  • Yes, it's more expensive than the home-rig, but it's got a warranty and the bottles are sturdy.
  • Some factories have it down no doubt but many products seem to breakdown before they even leave warranty.
  • Fleet operators also have to make sure a retrofit won't mean sacrificing the original manufacturer's warranty.
British Dictionary definitions for warranty


noun (pl) -ties
(property law) a covenant, express or implied, by which the vendor of real property vouches for the security of the title conveyed
(contract law) an express or implied term in a contract, such as an undertaking that goods contracted to be sold shall meet specified requirements as to quality, etc: an extended warranty
(insurance law) an undertaking by the party insured that the facts given regarding the risk are as stated
the act of warranting
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French warantie, from warantir to warrant, variant of Old French guarantir; see warrant
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Word Origin and History for warranty

mid-14c., legal term for various types of clauses in real estate transactions, from Anglo-French and Old North French warantie (Old French guarantie), from warant (see warrant (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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warranty in Culture

warranty definition

A guarantee of the quality of a product or service made by the seller to the buyer.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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