Definition of warranty in US English:



  • 1A written guarantee, issued to the purchaser of an article by its manufacturer, promising to repair or replace it if necessary within a specified period of time.

    ‘the car comes with a three-year warranty’
    ‘as your machine is under warranty, I suggest getting it checked’
    • ‘If you're having any problems with your new car, take it back to the dealer and have it repaired under your manufacturer's warranty.’
    • ‘Before you buy, have the dealer start the model up for you so you can hear how loud it runs, and check out the manufacturer's warranties.’
    • ‘All models have a three-year warranty (five years in Britain), while the owner gets free three-year AA membership.’
    • ‘The extent of the tax difficulties will be established and the sellers will have to provide warranties to the purchasers to cover the contingent liabilities.’
    • ‘According to Mr Clare, a staggering 71 out of every 100 washing machines sold with an extended warranty incur claims within three years of purchase!’
    • ‘In nearly all cases, the equipment comes with no warranties and no guarantees that the computers will even work.’
    • ‘At some point, though, the company will have to pull the plug because the warranty will be too costly to maintain.’
    • ‘Manufacturers void their warranties if the labels on their water heaters are obscured.’
    • ‘Each region of the world will set its own warranty policies, but the three-year warranty will definitely be available in the United States, he said.’
    • ‘All new cars come with a manufacturer's warranty, which generally runs for one to three years.’
    • ‘What's worse, though, is the fact that the major manufacturers shortened their warranty periods last fall to just one year.’
    • ‘Shop with retailers you know and trust and read their guarantees and warranties.’
    • ‘They even come with guarantees and warranties, just as you would expect with a new model.’
    • ‘The investigation will look at both manufacturer guarantees and extended warranties.’
    • ‘If you buy your car here in Namibia and request the 250 km/h limiter to be removed, you will loose your warranty.’
    • ‘Details of warranties, guarantees, or other optional features, including the acceptable resulting radon level.’
    • ‘If the item you have purchased is still in its warranty period, you have the right to demand a full refund, replacement of the item by a new one of the same kind, a discount, or a free repair.’
    • ‘Legal counsel should review all advertising materials, warranties, guarantees, and sales agreements.’
    • ‘Check whether there are any warranties, guarantees or after-sale services provided with your purchase.’
    • ‘Many warranties issued up to three years ago are still valid, and dealers say three-year warranties were issued with the manufacturer's backing.’
    guarantee, assurance, promise, commitment, covenant, undertaking, agreement
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    1. 1.1 (in contract law) a promise that something in furtherance of the contract is guaranteed by one of the contractors, especially the seller's promise that the thing being sold is as promised or represented.
    2. 1.2 (in an insurance contract) an engagement by the insured party that certain statements are true or that certain conditions shall be fulfilled, the breach of it invalidating the policy.
      • ‘In the circumstances, we are satisfied you were in breach of warranty and condition precedent.’
      • ‘Every warranty to which this Policy or any item thereof is or may be made subject shall from the time the warranty attaches apply and continue to be in force during the whole currency of this Policy.’
      • ‘The orthodox theory is that conditions and warranties are determinable as such at the date of the contract.’
      • ‘So, thanks to this rule, getting your car serviced at an independent dealership could mean invalidating your warranty.’
      • ‘This moreover reflects the fact that the rationale of warranties in insurance law is that the insurer only accepts the risk provided that the warranty is fulfilled.’
      • ‘In marine policies there is a presumption that any statement of fact bearing upon the risks underwritten is, if introduced into the written policy, to be construed as a warranty.’
      • ‘You're using them precisely under the conditions whereby the warranty says maybe you shouldn't be doing that.’
      • ‘The copyright owner provides no warranties or indemnities to the licensee, other than any that may be imposed by law.’
      • ‘Failure to have the service done may invalidate some extended warranties or service contracts.’
      • ‘It was the company's position that the alleged breach of the warranty rendered the insurance policy null and void.’
      • ‘A fortiori their duties would not extend to cover any losses caused by reason of breach of warranties on a sale by a shareholder.’
      • ‘Certain types of usage will invalidate the warranty entirely, such as amateur motorsport, driving tuition, and mini-cabbing.’
      • ‘Indeed, over two out of three motorists assume that their warranty would be invalidated if they used an independent garage, even where this isn't necessarily true.’
      • ‘It was, however, provided that their liability for any breach of this or other warranties given in the agreement should be limited to £40,000 each.’
      • ‘The warranty in the insurance is that the policy has been or will be written in those terms’
      • ‘In particular, the defendants have breached their representations and warranties.’
      • ‘They can now go to independent garages without the risk of invalidating their warranty.’
      • ‘Ordinarily you shouldn't open these units as there is the chance of electric shock, as well as the fact this will invalidate your warranty.’
      • ‘Likewise your warranty could be invalidated if something goes wrong with the car and the fault is traced to the chipping.’
      • ‘There are the legal consequences of the borrower breaching the representations and warranties, and the covenants.’
    3. 1.3 (in property law) a covenant by which the seller binds themselves and their heirs to secure to the buyer the estate conveyed in the deed.
    4. 1.4 (in contract law) a term or promise in a contract, breach of which entitles the innocent party to damages but not to treat the contract as discharged by breach.
    5. 1.5archaic usually with negative Justification or grounds for an action or belief.
      ‘you have no warranty for such an audacious doctrine’


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Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French warantie, variant of garantie (see guaranty). Early use was as a legal term denoting a covenant annexed to a conveyance of property, in which the vender affirmed the security of the title.