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Definition of Warrant

Warrant

  1. That which warrants or authorizes; a commission giving authority, or justifying the doing of anything; an act, instrument, or obligation, by which one person authorizes another to do something which he has not otherwise a right to do; an act or instrument investing one with a right or authority, and thus securing him from loss or damage; commission; authority.
  2. A writing which authorizes a person to receive money or other thing.
  3. A precept issued by a magistrate authorizing an officer to make an arrest, a seizure, or a search, or do other acts incident to the administration of justice.
  4. An official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer. See Warrant officer, below.
  5. That which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty; security.
  6. That which attests or proves; a voucher.
  7. Right; legality; allowance.
  8. To make secure; to give assurance against harm; to guarantee safety to; to give authority or power to do, or forbear to do, anything by which the person authorized is secured, or saved harmless, from any loss or damage by his action.
  9. To support by authority or proof; to justify; to maintain; to sanction; as, reason warrants it.
  10. To give a warrant or warranty to; to assure as if by giving a warrant to.
  11. To secure to, as a grantee, an estate granted; to assure.
  12. To secure to, as a purchaser of goods, the title to the same; to indemnify against loss.
  13. To secure to, as a purchaser, the quality or quantity of the goods sold, as represented. See Warranty, n., 2.
  14. To assure, as a thing sold, to the purchaser; that is, to engage that the thing is what it appears, or is represented, to be, which implies a covenant to make good any defect or loss incurred by it.

Warrant Quotations

Online I see people committing 'social media suicide' all the time by one of two ways. Firstly by responding to all criticism, meaning you're never going to find time to complete important milestones of your own, and by responding to things that don't warrant a response. This lends more credibility by driving traffic.
Timothy Ferriss

There are very few monsters who warrant the fear we have of them.
Andre Gide

At least in Russia, you cannot just go and tap into someone's phone conversation without a warrant issued by court. That's more or less the way a civilized society should go about fighting terrorism.
Vladimir Putin

The only purpose for which power can be rightfully exercised over any member of a civilized community, against his will, is to prevent harm to others. His own good, either physical or moral, is not sufficient warrant.
John Stuart Mill

My bed isn't made, I'm tired, I haven't slept well for two weeks. I haven't been laid in a month. I don't have a girlfriend. I have a warrant for my arrest.
Layne Staley
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Warrant Translations

warrant in Afrikaans is waarborg
warrant in Dutch is borg staan voor, garanderen
warrant in Finnish is taata
warrant in French is garantir, cautionner
warrant in Italian is mandato di cattura
warrant in Swedish is fullmakt, garantera