court order


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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Last week, in trying to comply with a court order, the government returned slightly more than half the 103 children under the age of 5 to their migrant parents., "A migrant child’s days in detention included cleaning toilets," 14 July 2018 The Guardian notes that this means the government is in violation of a court order. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Trump Administration May Have Separated Family of U.S. Citizens for Up to a Year," 11 July 2018 The government is under court order to reunite separated migrant children 5 and older, including Heyli, by July 26. Jay Root And Shannon Najmabadi, star-telegram, "'A very cruel punishment': Family split by 'zero tolerance' won't try to cross again," 10 July 2018 Azar insisted that the administration is working to comply with a court order that said children under 5 must be returned to their parents by July 10 and all families must be reunited by July 29. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "DNA Tests Are Being Used to Reunite Separated Migrant Families," 5 July 2018 The president wants to detain families as a unit for indefinite periods, rather than the 20-day limit called for in a 1997 court order. Mark Curnutte,, "Migrant teen held in ICE detention center: 'You could hear them crying all the time'," 22 June 2018 Private outfits like 23andMe and Ancestry require a court order to turn over genetic information to police. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "The Key to Cracking Cold Cases Might Be Genealogy Sites," 1 June 2018 In that case, as is common in many investigations, law enforcement presented a cell provider with a court order to obtain such historical data. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "How a “location API” allows cops to figure out where we all are in real time," 12 May 2018 On Friday officers served Arce with a court order removing the girl from her home, the Westchester Journal-News reported Monday. Fox News, "Questions arise after New York toddler dies, cops shoot her knife-wielding mom," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of court order

1650, in the meaning defined above

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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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