court order

noun

Definition of court order 

: an order issuing from a competent court that requires a party to do or abstain from doing a specified act

Examples of court order in a Sentence

He received a court order barring him from entering the building. He is barred by court order from entering the building. The town is under court order to fix the problem.
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In Sylvestre, the Fourth District court ruled that a mere court order—showing relevance to an ongoing investigation as opposed to probable cause of a crime—was not good enough. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "“Get a warrant”—Florida appeals court admonishes cops in two murder cases," 8 Sep. 2018 While a court order on June 26 directed that the Trump administration must end the separation of most migrant families and reunite families who have already been separated, hundreds of migrant children were not reunited by the deadline on July 26. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, "Statue of Liberty Climber Wears Melania Trump Inspired Dress to Court," 4 Aug. 2018 There’s a flu outbreak, there’s a terrorist attack, there’s a hurricane, or there’s reunifying children with their parents under court order. Stephanie Armour, WSJ, "HHS Secretary Tries to Reset Agenda Amid Family-Separations Furor," 18 July 2018 Manafort currently spends his days stuck in his Alexandria, Virginia, apartment under court order. Katelyn Polantz, CNN, "Judge sends Paul Manafort to jail, pending trial," 15 June 2018 Under the 1986 Stored Communications Act, gaining access to data usually requires a subpoena, court order or search warrant; less than 10% of requests qualify as emergencies under the companies’ criteria. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Big Brother Isn’t Watching You," 4 Nov. 2018 In Texas and North Carolina, the changes were undone by court orders. Rachel Janfaza, Teen Vogue, "These 3 Midterms Elections Prove That Off-Year Elections Really Matter," 26 Oct. 2018 The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles federal court Monday seeks more than $75,000 in damages and a court order stopping Musk from making further allegations. Tom Krisher, The Seattle Times, "Diver who helped with Thai cave rescue sues Elon Musk," 18 Sep. 2018 Two years later Duboc fired Bailey, and the court ordered Bailey to return the stock, the value of which, true to Duboc’s prediction, had skyrocketed from just under $6 million to $26 million. Andrew Goldman, Town & Country, "The Rise and Fall of F. Lee Bailey, the Lawyer Who Set O.J. Simpson Free," 9 Mar. 2018

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1650, in the meaning defined above

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court order

noun

English Language Learners Definition of court order

: a formal statement from a court that orders someone to do or stop doing something

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