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1. That which warrants or authorises; a commission giving authority, or justifying the doing of anything; an act, instrument, or obligation, by which one person authorises 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:

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

A precept issued by a magistrate authorising an officer to make an arrest, a seizure, or a search, or do other acts incident to the administration of justice.

(Science: astronomy) An official certificate of appointment issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned officer. See Warrant officer, below.

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

3. That which attests or proves; a voucher.

4. Right; legality; allowance. Bench warrant.

A special warrant from the crown, authorising a party to appoint an attorney to sue or defend for him. 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.

Origin: OE. Warant, OF. Warant a warrant, a defender, protector, F. Garant, originally a p. Pr. Pf German origin, fr. OHG. Weren to grant, warrant, G. Gewahren; akin to OFries. Wera. Cf. Guarantee.

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Thinking in terms of evolution

... passed on and so is advantageous. It serves an evolutionary purpose. But is that why we take of our children? He knew only that the child was his warrant. He said: If he is not the word of God, God never spoke. Darwin is relevant here also, I think: With savages, the weak in body or mind are soon ...

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... days mentioned in the account represent 24 hour periods. There is no internal evidence that this is so. In fact there is nothing in the account to warrant an understanding that these created days were literal 24 hour periods. The 24 hour period for each creative day is clearly a dogma and not based ...

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... not necessarily accurately measure intelligence overall. Also note that a certain high IQ score requirement is neither necessary nor sufficient to warrant the label "genius" in the most common application of the term. IQ scores, intelligence, and ingenuity are all different things. The ...

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Re: Spine of mammalian sea creature?

Thankyou Kristijan, for satisfying my curiosity. I thouht it might be dolphin spine, just wasn't sure. Was wondering if this post was ever going to warrant a reply, so for that also, I am grateful. :D Cheers!

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Re: Experimental evidence for evolution

... isolation among populations; and that these processes, continued for sufficiently long, give rise to changes of such great magnitude as to warrant the designation of higher taxonomic levels (genera, families, and so forth)." - Futuyma, D.J. in Evolutionary Biology, Sinauer Associates, ...

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