Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Official authorization, sanction, or warrant.
  • n. Justification or valid grounds for an act or a course of action.
  • n. Law An assurance by the seller of property that the goods or property are as represented or will be as promised.
  • n. Law The insured's guarantee that the facts are as stated in reference to an insurance risk or that specified conditions will be fulfilled to keep the contract effective.
  • n. Law A covenant by which the seller of land binds himself or herself and his or her heirs to defend the security of the estate conveyed.
  • n. Law A judicial writ; a warrant.
  • n. A guarantee given to the purchaser by a company stating that a product is reliable and free from known defects and that the seller will, without charge, repair or replace defective parts within a given time limit and under certain conditions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Security; warrant; guarantee.
  • n. A covenant real, whereby the granter of an estate of freehold and his heirs were bound to warrant and defend the title, and, in case of eviction by title paramount, to yield other lands of equal value in recompense. This warranty has long since become obsolete, and its place supplied by personal covenants for title. Among these is the covenant of warranty, which runs with the land, and is in the nature of a real covenant.
  • n. An engagement or undertaking, expressed or implied, that a certain fact regarding the subject of a contract is, or shall be, as it is expressly implied or promised to be. In sales of goods by persons in possession, there is an implied warranty of title.
  • n. A stipulation or engagement by a party insured, that certain things, relating to the subject of insurance, or affecting the risk, exist, or shall exist, or have been done, or shall be done. These warranties, when expressed, should appear in the policy; but there are certain implied warranties.
  • n. Justifying mandate or precept; authority; warrant. Shakespeare
  • v. To warrant; to guarantee.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A covenant real, whereby the grantor of an estate of freehold and his heirs were bound to warrant and defend the title, and, in case of eviction by title paramount, to yield other lands of equal value in recompense. This warranty has long singe become obsolete, and its place supplied by personal covenants for title. Among these is the covenant of warranty, which runs with the land, and is in the nature of a real covenant.
  • n. An engagement or undertaking, express or implied, that a certain fact regarding the subject of a contract is, or shall be, as it is expressly or impliedly declared or promised to be. In sales of goods by persons in possession, there is an implied warranty of title, but, as to the quality of goods, the rule of every sale is, Caveat emptor.
  • n. A stipulation or engagement by a party insured, that certain things, relating to the subject of insurance, or affecting the risk, exist, or shall exist, or have been done, or shall be done. These warranties, when express, should appear in the policy; but there are certain implied warranties.
  • n. Justificatory mandate or precept; authority; warrant.
  • n. Security; warrant; guaranty.
  • transitive v. To warrant; to guarantee.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Authority; justificatory man date or precept; warrant.
  • n. Security; assurance; guaranty; warrant.
  • n. In law, a statement, express or implied, of something which the party making it undertakes shall be part of the contract and in confirmation or assurance of a direct object of the contract, but which is yet only collateral to that object.
  • To warrant; guarantee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications

Etymologies

Middle English warantie, from Old North French, from feminine past participle of warantir, to guarantee, from warant, warrant.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman warantie, Old Northern French variant of Old French guarantie (Modern French garantie). More at warrant, guarantee and guaranty. (Wiktionary)

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