American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Unrestricted power to act at one's own discretion; unconditional authority: gave the contractor carte blanche to modernize the kitchen.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A blank paper; specifically, a paper duly authenticated with signature, etc., and intrusted to a person to be filled up at his discretion; hence, figuratively, permission or authority in a particular matter, without condition or qualification; unrestricted power to act or decide.
- n. In the game of piquet, a hand without a king, queen, or knave.
- n. Unlimited discretionary power to act; unrestricted authority
GNU Webster's 1913
- A blank paper, with a person's signature, etc., at the bottom, given to another person, with permission to superscribe what conditions he pleases. Hence: Unconditional terms; unlimited authority.
- n. complete freedom or authority to act
- Borrowing from French carte blanche, referring to a "blank card". (Wiktionary)
- French : carte, ticket + blanche, blank. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Do you really intend to give that pair of scamps carte blanche to investigate this problem, sir?”
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“Trial judges had carte blanche on evidentiary rulings, and appellate courts didn’t throw out jury verdicts unless the evidentiary errors made a difference in the trial’s outcome.”
“When he recalled his relationship with Jess in light of his meeting with her grandfather — the attempted seduction in the Barries 'library, the very nearly consummated seduction at the inn, the unchaste embrace and renewed offer of carte blanche at Lord”
“This Patent gave a carte blanche to the colonists to settle their own form of government by voluntary consent, or vote, among themselves; and, having it in his pocket, Williams might hope, on his return to America, to set up, in the polity of Rhode Island and its adjacencies, such an example of complete civil democracy combined with absolute religious individualism as the world had never yet seen.”
The Life of John Milton
“There I may read, draw, or microscopise at pleasure, and as to books, I have a carte blanche from the Captain to take as many as I please, of which permission we shall avail ourself ” rather ” and besides all this, from the peculiar way in which I obtained this appointment, I shall have a much wider swing than assistant surgeons in general get.”
The Life and Letters of Thomas Henry Huxley
“You must not offer her carte blanche again, m'boy.”
“He outpaced her with ease and made his courtesies to her mother, who of course introduced him to Aunt Clarissa, who was in ecstasies to give him carte blanche to call at her house whenever he wished.”
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