quo warranto
quo war·ran·to /'kwō-wə-'ran-tō, -'rän-/ n [Medieval Latin, by what warrant; from the wording of the writ]
1: an extraordinary writ requiring a person or corporation to show by what right or authority a public office or franchise is held or exercised
2: a proceeding in the nature of a writ of quo warranto for determining by what authority or right an office or franchise is held or exercised and seeking as an extraordinary remedy the discontinuance of an unlawful exercise of office or franchise

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

quo warranto
'by what authority', the name of an obsolete writ issued by the King's Bench to demand to know the authority by which a person held a public office.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


quo warranto
(kwoh wahr-rahn-toe) Latin for "by what warrant." The name for a writ (order) used to challenge another's right to either public or corporate office or to challenge actions that are not authorized by a corporation charter (articles of incorporation).
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


quo warranto
Latin
1 A common law writ inquiring into the authority by which a public official claims his/her office.
2 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.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


quo warranto
A legal proceeding during which an individual's right to hold an office or governmental privilege is challenged.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


quo warranto
I
A legal proceeding during which an individual's right to hold an office or governmental privilege is challenged.
II An action whereby one is required to show by what right he exercises a public office, franchise or liberty; a writ bringing the person into court on such action.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

quo warranto
[kwoh wahr-rahn-toe]
n.
   the name for a writ (order) used to challenge another's right to either public or corporate office or challenge the legality of a corporation to its charter (articles).
   See also: corporation, writ

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Quo warranto — (Medieval Latin for by what warrant? ) is one of the prerogative writs, that requires the person to whom it is directed to show what authority he has for exercising some right or power (or franchise ) he claims to hold.HistoryQuo Warranto had its …   Wikipedia

  • Quo warranto — Quo war*ran to (kw[=o] w[o^]r*r[a^]n t[ o]). [So called from the Law L. words quo warranto (by what authority), in the original Latin form of the writ. See {Which}, and {Warrant}.] (Law) A writ brought before a proper tribunal, to inquire by what …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • quo warranto — [kwō′ wə ran′tō, kwō′ wərän′tō] n. pl. quo warrantos [ML, by what warrant < L quo, abl. of qui, who, which + ML warrantus, warrant] 1. Historical a writ ordering a person to show by what right he exercises an office, franchise, or privilege 2 …   English World dictionary

  • quo warranto — from M.L., lit. by what warrant …   Etymology dictionary

  • quo warranto — /kwow waraentow/ In old English practice, a writ in the nature of a writ of right for the king, against him who claimed or usurped any office, franchise, or liberty, to inquire by what authority he supported his claim, in order to determine the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • quo warranto — noun Etymology: Middle English quo waranto, from Medieval Latin quo warranto by what warrant; from the wording of the writ Date: 15th century 1. a. an English writ formerly requiring a person to show by what authority he exercises a public office …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • quo warranto — /kwoh waw ran toh, wo /, Law. 1. (formerly, in England) a writ calling upon a person to show by what authority he or she claims an office, franchise, or liberty. 2. (in England and the U.S.) a trial, hearing, or other legal proceeding initiated… …   Universalium

  • quo warranto — Literally, by what authority. A high prerogative writ at common law. A writ of inquiry as to the warrant for doing the acts of which complaint is made. The remedy or proceeding by which the sovereign or state determines the legality of a claim… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • quo warranto — noun A writ brought before a proper tribunal, to inquire by what warrant a person or a corporation acts, or exercises certain powers …   Wiktionary

  • quo warranto — (Latin) on what authority , document issued by a court of law demanding to know by what right a person exercises the controversial authority; hearing to determine by what authority a person has an office or liberty …   English contemporary dictionary

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