Definition of warrantless in US English:



North American
  • Carried out without legal or official authorization.

    ‘warrantless searches and wiretaps’
    • ‘The House of Representatives has narrowly passed legislation a surveillance bill legislation that would govern the president's warrantless wiretapping program.’
    • ‘The committee endorsed a White House-backed measure that would give President Bush broad authority for his warrantless wiretapping program.’
    • ‘Part of his campaign to get Americans on board for the warrantless wiretapping campaign and The Patriot Act.’
    • ‘The Sept. 11 attacks have been cited by the government as the main impetus for its warrantless surveillance efforts.’
    • ‘She believes the president has inherent constitutional authority to conduct these warrantless wiretaps.’
    • ‘However, police officers in New York are authorized to make warrantless arrests on felony charges.’
    • ‘Mr. Bush also objects to a provision that would create a committee to examine his warrantless spying program.’
    • ‘Investigators for the inspector general continue to examine Gonzales ' statements to lawmakers about the warrantless wiretapping program and the basis for dismissing the prosecutors.’
    • ‘The law explicitly bars warrantless wiretaps.’
    • ‘But there have been some stunning White House reversals, like retreating from the claim the government has the authority for warrantless wiretapping.’
    • ‘As deputy, Comey would have been responsible for approving warrantless surveillance requests when the attorney general was not available.’
    • ‘Senator Graham then addressed the argument that the president has the inherent power under the Constitution to authorize the warrantless wiretapping.’
    • ‘I have found that there was not an arbitrary detention and also that there was not a warrantless search.’
    • ‘He's also the guy who gave us the formerly secret warrantless eavesdropping program.’
    • ‘Certainly, these issues illuminate the debate on warrantless wiretaps.’
    • ‘Such a warrantless search should lead to the exclusion of the evidence pursuant to s.24 of the Charter.’
    • ‘Such a pat-down search, of course, would be warrantless.’
    • ‘Only the data analysis facet of the program survived and became the basis for the warrantless surveillance program.’
    • ‘Hayden helped develop that program is a big proponent of warrantless wiretaps of Americans.’
    • ‘Ashcroft's immediate response to the attacks was to sink into a dark Orwellian morass of secret detentions, warrantless wiretaps, and eavesdropping on lawyers.’