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quo warranto(ˈkwəʊ wɒˈræntəʊ)
(Law) law a proceeding initiated to determine or (formerly) a writ demanding by what authority a person claims an office, franchise, or privilege
[from Medieval Latin: by what warrant]
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|Noun||1.||quo warranto - a hearing to determine by what authority someone has an office or franchise or liberty|
hearing - (law) a proceeding (usually by a court) where evidence is taken for the purpose of determining an issue of fact and reaching a decision based on that evidence