Warranty meaning

wôrən-tē, wŏr-
The definition of a warranty is an assurance that the seller of the goods or property being purchased is representing the goods or property truthfully and that the seller will repair or replace any additional defects which are found.

When you buy a TV and you have a written promise that it will be repaired for free if it breaks within the first year, this is an example of a warranty.

When enter into a contract to buy a house and you are aware of a law protecting you from dishonest sellers, the unwritten guarantee of truth that is assumed as a part of the contract is an example of a warranty.

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Justification or valid grounds for an act or a course of action.
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To provide a warranty for.
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Official authorization or sanction.
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A representation, especially in writing, made by a seller or company to a purchaser of a product or service that a refund, repair, or replacement will be made if the product or service proves defective or unsatisfactory, especially within a given time period.
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Justification; reasonable grounds, as for an opinion or action.
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The attesting of one party to a contract to the other of reliable facts so that the second party does not need to ascertain such facts for him or herself. Such assurance carries with it a promise to indemnify the second party for any loss should the particulars of the warranty prove not to be factual. Such a warranty may be express or implied.
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A warranty created by the specific words of the warrantor promising the purchaser of goods that the merchandise being sold possesses or lacks certain qualities.
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A warranty arising from the existence of certain laws governing the conditions under which a certain thing may be transferred, rather than from the words of the seller.
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Warranty limited as to period of time or scope, e.g., a warranty for an automobile may be for only certain components of the car, or for a specified number of miles or months.
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A warranty that the merchandise is suited for use for the special purpose for which the buyer is acquiring it, rather than merely fit for general use.
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A landlord’s promise that from the start of the lease there are no hidden difficulties or defects that might affect the use of the premises for residential purposes, and that the premises will remain habitable for the lease’s duration.
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An implied guarantee on the part of a merchant that the merchandise he sells is suitable for the general purpose that it is sold. For example, if the merchant sells house paint, it is implied that that paint will adhere to walls.
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Security; warrant; guarantee.

The stamp was a warranty of the public. -John Locke.

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(law) An engagement or undertaking, expressed or implied, that a certain fact regarding the subject of a contract is, or shall be, as it is expressly implied or promised to be. In sales of goods by persons in possession, there is an implied warranty of title.
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(insurance law) A stipulation or engagement by a party insured, that certain things, relating to the subject of insurance, or affecting the risk, exist, or shall exist, or have been done, or shall be done. These warranties, when expressed, should appear in the policy; but there are certain implied warranties.
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(rare) Justifying mandate or precept; authority; warrant. Shakespeare.

If they disobey precept, that is no excuse to us, nor gives us any warranty . . . to disobey likewise. -Kettlewe.

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(law) A guarantee.
  • A guarantee or an assurance, explicit or implied, of something having to do with a contract, as of sale; esp., the seller's assurance to the purchaser that the goods or property is or shall be as represented and, if not, will be replaced or repaired, usually within a specified period of time.
    A ten-year warranty.
  • A guarantee by the insured that the facts are as stated in regard to an insurance risk, or that specified conditions shall be fulfilled: it constitutes a part of the contract and must be fulfilled to keep the contract in force.
  • A covenant by which the seller of real estate assures, and is bound to defend, the security of the title.
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To give a warranty for; warrant.
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Origin of warranty

  • Middle English warantie from Old North French from feminine past participle of warantir to guarantee from warant warrant wer-4 in Indo-European roots

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

  • From Anglo-Norman warantie, Old Northern French variant of Old French guarantie (Modern French garantie). More at warrant, guarantee and guaranty.

    From Wiktionary