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Definition of death warrant noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


    death warrant

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  1. 1an official document stating that someone should receive the punishment of being killed for a crime that they have committed The president signed the death warrant. If you pay the ransom, you may be signing your son's death warrant.
  2. 2(figurative) By withdrawing the funding, the government signed the project's death warrant.
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