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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR WARRANTS

"Writs and warrants may contain errors, but an arrest is an arrest," growled Grab.

It might rain mandamuses and warrants, they had no power to trouble me.

Are you aware of any reason for it, or is there any charge against you which warrants this?'

And there are warrants out against you here for assaulting the admiral.

But this was the first I had heard definitely of warrants against me in Jamaica.

There are warrants out against all the men named in the list.

There is little, after all, in existence that warrants lengthy dissertation.

Nothing appears or is recollected that warrants this latter intention.

The warrants were issued an hour ago—and we've got Mr. Mallalieu already.

Some of them have testified that all the warrants they held were paid.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "protector, defender," from Old North French warant (Old French garant), from Frankish *warand (cf. Old High German weren "to authorize, warrant," German gewähren "to grant"), from Proto-Germanic *war- "to warn, guard, protect," perhaps from PIE root *wer- "to cover" (cf. Latin vereri "to observe with awe, revere, respect, fear;" Greek ouros "watchman," horan "to see;" Hittite werite- "to see;" see weir).

Sense evolved via notion of "permission from a superior which protects one from blame or responsibility" (c.1300) to "document conveying authority" (1510s). A warrant officer in the military is one who holds office by warrant, rather than by commission.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.