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warrant
used in Middlemarch

2 meanings, 19 uses
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1  —1 use as in:
serious enough to warrant surgery
Definition
to justify (make an action reasonable or necessary)
  • She thought them totally unwarranted, and the repulsion which this exceptional severity excited in her was in danger of making the more persistent tenderness unacceptable.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (68% in)

There are no more uses of "warrant" flagged with this meaning in Middlemarch.

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2  —2 uses as in:
I warrant it
Definition
to promise, guarantee, or indicate certainty of something

(seldom used today, but common in classic literature)
  • His marriage seemed an unmitigated calamity; and he was afraid of going to Rosamond before he had vented himself in this solitary rage, lest the mere sight of her should exasperate him and make him behave unwarrantably.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (5% in)
  • And he says that I have every reason to hope, if I can put myself in an honorable position—I mean, out of the Church I dare say you think it unwarrantable in me, Mr. Garth, to be troubling you and obtruding my own wishes about Mary, before I have done anything at all for myself.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (27% in)

There are no more uses of "warrant" flagged with this meaning in Middlemarch.

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?  —16 uses
exact meaning not specified
  • ...by no means stretched) has on your part been in some degree entertained, which involves your residence in this neighborhood in a capacity which I am justified in saying touches my own position in such a way as renders it not only natural and warrantable in me when that effect is viewed under the influence of legitimate feeling, but incumbent on me when the same effect is considered in the light of my responsibilities, to state at once that your acceptance of the proposal above...
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (46% in)
  • But of Mr. Brooke I make a further remark perhaps less warranted by precedent—namely, that if he had foreknown his speech, it might not have made any great difference.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (52% in)
  • "Why does he not bring out his book, instead of marrying," said Sir James, with a disgust which he held warranted by the sound feeling of an English layman.
    Book 1 — Miss Brooke (56% in)
  • It was entirely from worldly vanity that you destined him for the Church: with a family of three sons and four daughters, you were not warranted in devoting money to an expensive education which has succeeded in nothing but in giving him extravagant idle habits.
    Book 2 — Old and Young (5% in)
  • "Oh ay, they stick, do they? and the rest—they come every day, I'll warrant—Solomon and Jane, and all the young uns?
    Book 3 — Waiting for Death (96% in)
  • How he came to fall into this extravagance would perhaps be matter of wonderment to himself on the morrow; but before dinner something in the state of the country, a slight pause in the harvest before the Far Dips were cut, the stories about the new King and the numerous handbills on the walls, had seemed to warrant a little recklessness.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (68% in)
  • As to Will, though until his last defiant letter he had nothing definite which he would choose formally to allege against him, he felt himself warranted in believing that he was capable of any design which could fascinate a rebellious temper and an undisciplined impulsiveness.
    Book 4 — Three Love Problems (91% in)
  • At any rate, as Dorothea's brother-in-law, I feel warranted in objecting strongly to his being kept here by any action on the part of her friends.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (53% in)
  • Any services you desire of me will be the more readily rendered if you will avoid a tone of familiarity which did not lie in our former intercourse, and can hardly be warranted by more than twenty years of separation.
    Book 5 — The Dead Hand (93% in)
  • Therefore since Rosamond, as we know, was fond of horseback, there were plenty of reasons why she should be tempted to resume her riding when Captain Lydgate, who had ordered his man with two horses to follow him and put up at the "Green Dragon," begged her to go out on the gray which he warranted to be gentle and trained to carry a lady—indeed, he had bought it for his sister, and was taking it to Quallingham.
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (47% in)
  • ...might see by the handbills to be the best in every kind, belonging to Edwin Larcher, Esq. This was not one of the sales indicating the depression of trade; on the contrary, it was due to Mr. Larcher's great success in the carrying business, which warranted his purchase of a mansion near Riverston already furnished in high style by an illustrious Spa physician—furnished indeed with such large framefuls of expensive flesh-painting in the dining-room, that Mrs. Larcher was nervous until...
    Book 6 — The Widow and Wife (65% in)
  • I suppose that gives me a warrant to speak about the matter now.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (39% in)
  • I'll warrant him," said Mrs. Dollop; "and a far personabler man, by what I can hear.
    Book 7 — Two Temptations (91% in)
  • And yet they will all feel warranted in making a wide space between me and them, as if I were a leper!
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (7% in)
  • Then, again, there was the love of truth—a wide phrase, but meaning in this relation, a lively objection to seeing a wife look happier than her husband's character warranted, or manifest too much satisfaction in her lot—the poor thing should have some hint given her that if she knew the truth she would have less complacency in her bonnet, and in light dishes for a supper-party.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (9% in)
  • He felt shrouded by her doubt: he got strength to face her from the sense that she could not yet feel warranted in pronouncing that worst condemnation on him.
    Book 8 — Sunset and Sunrise (94% in)

There are no more uses of "warrant" in Middlemarch.

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