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Warrant vs. Writ — What's the Difference?

Warrant vs. Writ — What's the Difference?

Difference Between Warrant and Writ

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Warrant

A document issued by a legal or government official authorizing the police or another body to make an arrest, search premises, or carry out some other action relating to the administration of justice
An extradition warrant
Magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest
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Writ

In common law, a writ (Anglo-Saxon gewrit, Latin breve) is a formal written order issued by a body with administrative or judicial jurisdiction; in modern usage, this body is generally a court. Warrants, prerogative writs, and subpoenas are common types of writ, but many forms exist and have existed.
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Warrant

Justification or authority for an action, belief, or feeling
There is no warrant for this assumption
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Writ

A form of written command in the name of a court or other legal authority to act, or abstain from acting, in a particular way
The two reinstated officers issued a writ for libel against the applicants
An action begun by writ or summons
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Warrant

An official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer.
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Writ

A piece or body of writing.
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Warrant

Justify or necessitate (a course of action)
The employees feel that industrial action is warranted
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Writ

Archaic past participle of write
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Warrant

Officially affirm or guarantee
The vendor warrants the accuracy of the report
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Writ

(Law) A written order issued by a court, commanding the party to whom it is addressed to perform or cease performing a specified act.
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Warrant

(Law) A judicial writ authorizing the search or seizure of property, arrest of a person, or the execution of a legal judgment.
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Writ

Writings
Holy writ.
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Warrant

A voucher authorizing payment or receipt of money.
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Writ

A past tense and a past participle of write.
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Warrant

An option to buy stock at a specified price from an issuing company.
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Writ

(legal) A written order, issued by a court, ordering someone to do (or stop doing) something.
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Warrant

Justification for an action or a belief; grounds
"The difficulty of predicting the future is no warrant to ignore it" (Brian Hayes).
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Writ

Authority, power to enforce compliance.
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Warrant

Something that provides assurance or confirmation; a guarantee or proof
"The kind of uncertainties and ambiguities ... which may damage [his] essays ... are often a warrant of authenticity in [his] fiction" (John Edward Hardy).
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Writ

(archaic) That which is written; writing.
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Warrant

Authorization or certification; sanction, as given by a superior.
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Writ

(archaic) write
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Warrant

A warrant officer.
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Writ

(archaic) write
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Warrant

A certificate of appointment given to a warrant officer.
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Writ

That which is written; writing; scripture; - applied especially to the Scriptures, or the books of the Old and New testaments; as, sacred writ.
Then to his hands that writ he did betake,Which he disclosing read, thus as the paper spake.
Babylon, so much spoken of in Holy Writ.
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Warrant

To provide adequate grounds for; justify or require
What could he have done that would warrant such a punishment?.
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Writ

An instrument in writing, under seal, in an epistolary form, issued from the proper authority, commanding the performance or nonperformance of some act by the person to whom it is directed; as, a writ of entry, of error, of execution, of injunction, of mandamus, of return, of summons, and the like.
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Warrant

To guarantee (a product).
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Writ

(law) a legal document issued by a court or judicial officer
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Warrant

To guarantee (a purchaser) indemnification against damage or loss.
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Warrant

(Law) To guarantee clear title to (real property).
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Warrant

Authorization or certification; a sanction, as given by a superior.
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Warrant

(countable) Something that provides assurance or confirmation; a guarantee or proof.
A warrant of authenticity; a warrant for success
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Warrant

(countable) An order that serves as authorization; especially a voucher authorizing payment or receipt of money.
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Warrant

An option, usually issued together with another security and with a term at issue greater than a year, to buy other securities of the issuer.
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Warrant

A judicial writ authorizing an officer to make a search, seizure, or arrest, or to execute a judgment.
An arrest warrant issued by the court
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Warrant

(countable) A certificate of appointment given to a warrant officer.
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Warrant

A document certifying that a motor vehicle meets certain standards of mechanical soundness and safety; a warrant of fitness.
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Warrant

A defender, a protector.
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Warrant

Underclay in a coal mine.
Warren earth
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Warrant

To protect, keep safe (from danger).
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Warrant

To give (someone) an assurance or guarantee (of something); also, with a double object: to guarantee (someone something).
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Warrant

(transitive) To guarantee (something) to be (of a specified quality, value, etc.).
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Warrant

(transitive) To guarantee as being true; (colloquially) to believe strongly.
That tree is going to fall, I’ll warrant.
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Warrant

(transitive) To authorize; to give (someone) sanction or warrant (to do something).
I am warranted to search these premises fully.
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Warrant

(transitive) To justify; to give grounds for.
Circumstances arose that warranted the use of lethal force.
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Warrant

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.
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Warrant

A writing which authorizes a person to receive money or other thing.
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Warrant

That which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty; security.
I give thee warrant of thy place.
His worth is warrant for his welcome hither.
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Warrant

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.
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Warrant

That which attests or proves; a voucher.
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Warrant

An official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer. See Warrant officer, below.
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Warrant

Right; legality; allowance.
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Warrant

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.
I'll warrant him from drowning.
In a placeLess warranted than this, or less secure,I can not be.
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Warrant

To support by authority or proof; to justify; to maintain; to sanction; as, reason warrants it.
True fortitude is seen in great exploits,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.
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Warrant

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.
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Warrant

To secure to, as a grantee, an estate granted; to assure.
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Warrant

A writ from a court commanding police to perform specified acts
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Warrant

A type of security issued by a corporation (usually together with a bond or preferred stock) that gives the holder the right to purchase a certain amount of common stock at a stated price;
As a sweetener they offered warrants along with the fixed-income securities
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Warrant

Formal and explicit approval;
A Democrat usually gets the union's endorsement
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Warrant

A written assurance that some product or service will be provided or will meet certain specifications
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Warrant

Show to be reasonable or provide adequate ground for;
The emergency does not warrant all of us buying guns
The end justifies the means
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Warrant

Stand behind and guarantee the quality, accuracy, or condition of;
The dealer warrants all the cars he sells
I warrant this information
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