quo warrantoquo· war·ranto
- Historical a writ ordering a person to show by what right he exercises an office, franchise, or privilege
- a legal proceeding undertaken to recover an office, franchise, or privilege from the person in possession, initiated as upon an information
Origin of quo warrantoML, by what warrant from Classical Latin quo, ablative of qui, who, which + Medieval Latin warrantus, warrant
(plural quo warrantos)
- (law) A writ brought before a proper tribunal, to inquire by what warrant a person or a corporation acts, or exercises certain powers.
quo warranto - Legal Definition
- A common law writ inquiring into the authority by which a public official claims his/her office.
- A state action with the intent of revoking the charter of a corporation that has abused or for a long period failed to exercise its franchise.