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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Quo Warranto.
 
A writ against a defendant (whether an individual or a corporation) who lays claim to something he has no right to; so named because the offender is called upon to show quo warranto [rem] usurpa’vit (by what right or authority he lays claim to the matter of dispute).   1
 


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