quo warranto[kwō′ wə ran′tō, -rän′-]
quo warranto definition by Webster's New World
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- 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: Midieval Latin by what warrant ; from Classical Latin quo, ablative of qui, who, which plush Midieval Latin warrantus, warrant
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.