4. Right; legality; allowance. [Obs.] Shak.
Bench warrant. (Law) See in the Vocabulary. Dock warrant (Com.), a customhouse license or
authority. General warrant. (Law) See under General. Land warrant. See under Land.
Search warrant. (Law) See under Search, n. Warrant of attorney (Law), written authority
given by one person to another empowering him to transact business for him; specifically, written authority
given by a client to his attorney to appear for him in court, and to suffer judgment to pass against him
by confession in favor of some specified person. Bouvier. Warrant officer, a noncommissioned
officer, as a sergeant, corporal, bandmaster, etc., in the army, or a quartermaster, gunner, boatswain,
etc., in the navy. Warrant to sue and defend. (a) (O. Eng. Law) A special warrant from the crown,
authorizing a party to appoint an attorney to sue or defend for him. (b) A special authority given by a
party to his attorney to commence a suit, or to appear and defend a suit in his behalf. This warrant is
now disused. Burrill.
(War"rant) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Warranted; p. pr. & vb. n. Warranting.] [OE. waranten, OF.
warantir, garantir, guarantir, garentir, garandir, F. garantir to warrant, fr. OF. warant, garant, guarant,
a warrant, a protector, a defender, F. garant. &radic142. See Warrant, n.]
1. To make secure; to give assurance against harm; to guarantee safety to; to give authority or power to
do, or forbear to do, anything by which the person authorized is secured, or saved harmless, from any
loss or damage by his action.
That show I first my body to warrant.Chaucer.
I'll warrant him from drowning.Shak.
In a placeMilton.
Less warranted than this, or less secure,
I can not be.
2. To support by authority or proof; to justify; to maintain; to sanction; as, reason warrants it.
True fortitude is seen in great exploits,Addison.
That justice warrants, and that wisdom guides.
How little while it is since he went forth out of his study, chewing a Hebrew text of Scripture in his
mouth, I warrant.Hawthorne.
3. To give a warrant or warranty to; to assure as if by giving a warrant to.
[My neck is] as smooth as silk, I warrant ye.L' Estrange.
4. (Law) (a) To secure to, as a grantee, an estate granted; to assure. (b) To secure to, as a purchaser
of goods, the title to the same; to indemnify against loss. (c) To secure to, as a purchaser, the quality or
quantity of the goods sold, as represented. See Warranty, n., 2. (d) To assure, as a thing sold, to the
purchaser; that is, to engage that the thing is what it appears, or is represented, to be, which implies a
covenant to make good any defect or loss incurred by it.
(War"rant*a*ble) a. Authorized by commission, precept, or right; justifiable; defensible; as,
the seizure of a thief is always warrantable by law and justice; falsehood is never warrantable.
His meals are coarse and short, his employment warrantable, his sleep certain and refreshing.South.
War"rant*a*ble*ness, n. War"rant*bly, adv.
(War`ran*tee") n. (Law) The person to whom a warrant or warranty is made.