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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Recent Examples on the Web

This, Mr Pawlowski claims, was scuppered by local authorities, which in 2012 reversed zoning rules by court order. The Economist, "Disgruntled investors are losing patience with central Europe," 8 June 2019 In 2018, lawyers began working on a consent decree designed to reform CPD by court order. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Chicago Police Are Facing a Lawsuit After Video Showed Officers Beating 16-Year-Old Dnigma Howard," 12 Apr. 2019 Under the proposal, creditors would receive new sales-tax bonds, affirmed by a court order to be valid and binding. Andrew Scurria, WSJ, "Puerto Rico’s $18 Billion Bond Restructuring Nears Completion," 19 Jan. 2019 Failing to make timely support payments, as outlined by a court order. Jennifer Lance, Glamour, "Your Divorce Glossary: A-to-Z Terms You Need to Know," 26 Nov. 2018 Video — released by court order more than a year after the October 2014 shooting — shows McDonald walking away from police with a knife in his hand. Megan Crepeau,, "News media seek to unseal filings in conspiracy case connected to Laquan McDonald's shooting," 10 July 2018 The trial will be open to the public unless closed by court order. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Ella Whistler and Jason Seaman lead the Noblesville Fourth of July parade," 4 July 2018 In March, Smith was forcefully medicated by court order. Cameron Knight,, "Accused attacker of pregnant woman released from mental facility 4 days prior," 27 June 2018 Azar said he’s hampered by a court order that says children can’t be held longer than 20 days with parents detained by immigration authorities. Staff And Wire Report, San Antonio Express-News, "Unclear math: HHS has 2,047 children; full US count lacking," 26 June 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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