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Definition of Quash

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suppress, quell, put down forcibly; invalidate, annul
Quash Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
To crush; to subdue; to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely; as, to quash a rebellion.
  
(v. t.)
To beat down, or beat in pieces; to dash forcibly; to crush.
  
(v. t.)
To abate, annul, overthrow, or make void; as, to quash an indictment.
  
(v. i.)
To be shaken, or dashed about, with noise.
  
(n.)
Same as Squash.
  
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quash
\quash\ (?), n. same as squash.
quash
\quash\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. quashed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. quashing.] [of. quasser, f. casser, fr. l. cassare to annihilate, annul, fr. cassus empty, vain, of uncertain origin. the word has been confused with l. quassare to shake, f. casser to break, which is probably of different origin. cf. cashier, v. t.] (law) to abate, annul, overthrow, or make void; as, to quash an indictment.
quash
\quash\, v. t. [of. quasser, f. casser, fr. l. quassare to shake, shatter, shiver, v. intens. fr. quatere, quassum, to shake, shatter. cf. concussion, discuss, rescue, and also quash to annul.]
1. to beat down, or beat in pieces; to dash forcibly; to crush. the whales against sharp rocks, like reeling vessels, quashed, though huge as mountains, are in pieces dashed.
2. to crush; to subdue; to suppress or extinguish summarily and completely; as, to quash a rebellion. contrition is apt to quash or allay all worldly grief.
quash
\quash\, v. i. to be shaken, or dashed about, with noise.
quash
v
1. put down by force or intimidation; "the government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "china keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "the rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land" [syn: repress, keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduce]


2. declare invalid; "the contract was annulled"; "avoid a plea" [syn: invalidate, annul, void, avoid, nullify]
[ant: validate]


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WordNet 2.0

Verb
1. put down by force or intimidation; "The government quashes any attempt of an uprising"; "China keeps down her dissidents very efficiently"; "The rich landowners subjugated the peasants working the land"
(synonym) repress, keep down, subdue, subjugate, reduce
(hypernym) oppress, suppress, crush
2. declare invalid; "The contract was annulled"; "void a plea"
(synonym) invalidate, annul, void, avoid, nullify
(hypernym) cancel, strike down
(hyponym) break
Quash Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
A motion to quash is a request to a court to render a previous decision of that court or a lower judicial body null or invalid. It can arise out of mistakes made by any lawyer in a court proceeding. A lawyer may file a motion to quash if a mistake has been on the part of a court, or if an attorney believes that the issuance of some court document like a subpoena was not done in a legal manner.

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Quash Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
To overthrow or annul. To nullify, void or declare invalid as in ‘quash a subpeona.’

When proceedings are clearly irregular and void the courts will quash them, both in civil and criminal cases: for example, when the array is clearly irregular, as if the jurors have been selected by persons not authorized by law, it will be quashed.

In criminal cases, when an indictment is so defective that no judgment can be given upon it, should the defendant be convicted, the court, upon application, will in general quash it; as if it have no jurisdiction of the offence charged, or when the matter charged is not indictable. When the application to quash is made on the part of the defendant, the court generally refuses to quash the indictment when it appears some enormous crime has been committed. When the application is made on the part of the prosecution, the indictment will be quashed whenever it is defective so that the defendant cannot be convicted, and the prosecution appears to be bona fide. If the prosecution be instituted by the attorney general, he may, in some states, enter a nolle prosequi, which has the same effect. The application should be made before plea pleaded and before the defendant's recognizance has been forfeited.
   

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
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To annul; ie to declare no longer valid 
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