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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This started in August 2017, when Trump went outside the normal procedure to pardon former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who’d been convicted of violating court orders. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Trump’s talk of pardoning Manafort is a clear abuse of power," 29 Nov. 2018 Violating court orders is a no-no, especially for attorneys. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "The lawyer fought for the house in his divorce. He's been suspended," 11 June 2018 Pennington was arrested on May 3 on a charge of violating a court order and has been in custody at the Hall of Justice. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, "Rogue yachtsman in trouble again for alleged threats at Aquatic Park," 9 May 2018 Neither companies received a court order regarding the DeAngelo case. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Can police legally obtain your DNA from 23andMe, Ancestry?," 28 Apr. 2018 Officials did not need a court order to access GEDmatch's large database of genetic blueprints, Holes said. Laura Mcknight,, "Man suffers graze wound in Central City: NOPD," 27 Apr. 2018 Both agencies declined — the attorney general’s office acting on behalf of its client — citing a court order still in effect from the students’ lawsuit. Michael Rubinkam, The Seattle Times, "Off limits: Report on state college abuse kept from public," 1 Oct. 2018 That chaos was underscored on Tuesday by the government’s struggle to comply with the court order in San Diego to reunite children under the age of five with their families., "‘Catch and release’ migrant policy reinstated," 11 July 2018 That chaos was highlighted Tuesday by the government’s struggle to comply with the court order in San Diego to reunite children under 5 with their families. New York Times, "As Migrant Families Are Reunited, Some Children Don’t Recognize Their Mothers," 10 July 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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to deny responsibility for

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