Bench warrant
Warrant War"rant, n. [OE. warant, OF. warant a warrant, a defender, protector, F. garant, originally a p. pr. pf German origin, fr. OHG. wer[=e]n to grant, warrant, G. gew["a]hren; akin to OFries. wera. Cf. {Guarantee}.] [1913 Webster] 1. That which warrants or authorizes; a commission giving authority, or justifying the doing of anything; an act, instrument, or obligation, by which one person authorizes another to do something which he has not otherwise a right to do; an act or instrument investing one with a right or authority, and thus securing him from loss or damage; commission; authority. Specifically: [1913 Webster] (a) A writing which authorizes a person to receive money or other thing. [1913 Webster] (b) (Law) A precept issued by a magistrate authorizing an officer to make an arrest, a seizure, or a search, or do other acts incident to the administration of justice. [1913 Webster] (c) (Mil. & Nav.) An official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer. See {Warrant officer}, below. [1913 Webster]

2. That which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty; security. [1913 Webster]

I give thee warrant of thy place. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

His worth is warrant for his welcome hither. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. That which attests or proves; a voucher. [1913 Webster]

4. Right; legality; allowance. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • bench warrant — see warrant Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. bench warrant …   Law dictionary

  • Bench warrant — Bench war rant (Law) A process issued by a presiding judge or by a court against a person guilty of some contempt, or indicted for some crime; so called in distinction from a justice s warrant. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bench-warrant — benchˈ warrant noun One issued by a judge rather than a justice or magistrate • • • Main Entry: ↑bench …   Useful english dictionary

  • bench warrant — n. an order issued by a judge or law court for the arrest of a person, as one charged with contempt of court or a criminal offense …   English World dictionary

  • bench warrant — n. to issue a bench warrant * * * [ bentʃˌwɒrənt] to issue a bench warrant …   Combinatory dictionary

  • bench warrant — bench′ war rant n. law a warrant issued or ordered by a judge or court for the apprehension of an offender • Etymology: 1690–1700 …   From formal English to slang

  • bench warrant — warrant issued by a court for the apprehension of an offender …   English contemporary dictionary

  • bench warrant — A warrant issued by a judge for the apprehension of a person on a charge of contempt; a warrant for arrest issued by a judge of a court of general jurisdiction for the apprehension of a person who has been indicted for a criminal offense; a… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • bench warrant — /ˈbɛntʃ wɒrənt/ (say bench woruhnt) noun Law a warrant for arrest issued by a court …   Australian English dictionary

  • bench warrant — noun a warrant authorizing law enforcement officials to apprehend an offender and bring that person to court • Syn: ↑arrest warrant • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑warrant • Hyponyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”