Legal Definition and Related Resources of Quash

Meaning of Quash

To discharge or set aside an order of an inferior court .

Quash Alternative Definition

In practice. To overthrow or annul. Distinguished from “dismiss.” The term “quash,” as applied to writs, is predicated of some defect in the writ itself, or in the form of the writ, which defect does not reach the merits of the case; the usual practice being to grant a new writ on the original petition. Dismissal is applied to the removal or disposal of the cause itself, and not to the mere annulment of the writ. 24 Miss. 457.

Quash Legal Definition

Reverse or nullify.

Synonyms of Quash


  • abate
  • abolish
  • annul
  • cancel
  • countermand
  • declare null and void
  • destroy
  • disannul
  • discard
  • disestablish
  • dismiss
  • dispel
  • dissolve
  • end
  • eradicate
  • extinguish
  • extirpate
  • infirmare
  • inritum facere
  • invalidate
  • make void
  • nullify
  • obliterate
  • overrule
  • overthrow
  • overturn
  • overwelm
  • put an end to
  • put down
  • quell
  • quench
  • repeal
  • repress
  • rescind
  • rescindere
  • reverse
  • squelch
  • stop
  • subdue
  • suppress
  • terminate
  • vacate
  • withdraw
  • Associated Concepts: motion to quash
  • quash a subpoena

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Translate Quash (Warrant) from English to Spanish

Translation of Quash (Warrant) , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Anular o invalidar la orden de arresto and other legal terms is available here.

Translate Motion to Quash from English to Spanish

Translation of Motion to Quash , with examples. More about free online translation into Spanish of Pedimento de anulación and other legal terms is available here.


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Quash in the Dictionary of Law consisting of Judicial Definitions and Explanations of Words, Phrases and Maxims

French quasser, to break. Latin quassare, to shatter. To make void or abate. 3 Bl. Com. 303; to overthrow, annul. United States v. Rosenburgh, 7 Wall. 583(1868). A plea in abatement prays that the writ or declaration be quashed; cassetur breve. The ground for exercising the summary power of quashing writs is to clear the record of irregular, void, or defective proceedings. Not being a matter or right, but of privilege, the motion will not be received when presented at an unreasonable time, as, after issue joined on a plea of not guilty. Richards v. Commwealth, 81 Va. 114-15 (1885).

Note: This legal definition of Quash in the Dictionary of Law (English and American Jurisprudence) is from 1893.

Quash in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of quash.

Meaning of Quash (to) in Spanish

Description/ translation of quash (to) into Spanish: invalidar, anular, revocar[1]

Note: for more information on related terms and on the area of law where quash (to) belongs (criminal procedure law), in Spanish, see here.

Notes and References

  1. Translation of Quash (to) published by Antonio Peñaranda


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

Meaning of Quash in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Quash published by the National Association for Court Management: To vacate or void a summons, subpoena, etc.

Concept of Quash in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Quash: To abate, annul, overthrow, vacate, void.

Concept of Quash in the context of Real Property

A short definition of Quash: To abate, annul, overthrow, vacate, void.



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