Quo-warranto definition

kwō wərantō, kwō wəräntō
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(historical) A writ ordering a person to show by what right he exercises an office, franchise, or privilege.
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A common law writ inquiring into the authority by which a public official claims his/her office.
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A legal proceeding undertaken to recover an office, franchise, or privilege from the person in possession, initiated as upon an information.
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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.
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(law) A writ brought before a proper tribunal, to inquire by what warrant a person or a corporation acts, or exercises certain powers.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
quo-warranto
Plural:
quo-warrantos