Quash meaning

kwŏsh
To annul or put an end to (a court order, indictment, or court proceedings).
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To suppress a legal document, particularly a subpoena, for reasons based on defect in manner of service or for other procedural or substantive reasons that invalidate the document; to void or terminate; to vacate a judicial decision.
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To quash is to suppress or put an end to something.

When you set the record straight and stop rumors from flying, this is an example of a situation where you quash a rumor.

When a judge overturns or voids a conviction after an appeal, this is an example of a situation where a judge quashes a conviction.

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To put down or suppress forcibly and completely.

Quash a rebellion.

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To put an end to or destroy.

Quash a rumor; quash hopes of an agreement.

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To annul or set aside (an indictment)
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To quell or suppress (an uprising)
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To suppress, as in quashing an uprising or revolt.
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To defeat forcibly.

The army quashed the rebellion.

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To crush or dash to pieces.
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(law) To void or suppress (a subpoena, decision, etc.).
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Origin of quash

  • Middle English quassen from Anglo-Norman casser, quasser from Medieval Latin quassāre alteration (influenced by quassāre to crush, shatter) of cassāre from Latin cassus empty, void kes- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English quashen from Old French quasser from Medieval Latin quassāre to shatter from Latin squash2

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French quasser, from Latin quassāre, present active infinitive of quassō.

    From Wiktionary