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 That's the opposite of the way these disputes normally play out, when administration officials are prevented by the White House from appearing before Congress unless a court orders them to do so. NBC News, "White House may have little chance of blocking Bolton testimony," 29 Jan. 2020 After a court ordered police to release the dashcam video of the shooting in November 2015, the world could see that McDonald was stepping away from police officers, not toward them. Clarence Page,, "Column: ‘Respect’ in policing is a two-way street, Attorney General Barr," 6 Dec. 2019 The incident spurred Kaplan and Dunn to pursue sanctions against Cantwell, asking that the court order him to stop harassing not just Kaplan, but the plaintiffs as well. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Two Years After Charlottesville, These Women Are Taking the Alt-Right to Court," 7 Oct. 2019 The Monov family also wants Palfreeman to be barred from leaving Bulgaria pending the payment of 300,000 euros ($326,000) in compensation that the court ordered the Australian man to pay to them. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Bulgarian court to eye revoking parole for Australian man," 27 Sep. 2019 An international maritime court ordered the men released, but Russia had ignored that verdict. The Economist, "Ukraine and Russia exchange prisoners in a modest step towards peace," 7 Sep. 2019 As part of his probation, the court ordered him to complete drug treatment, stay away from the victim and avoid making explosive devices or fireworks. Fox News, "Oregon man who targeted ex-friend with dog poop bomb avoids prison," 6 Sep. 2019 His mother said Clayton had years ago been addicted to drugs and alcohol, but was currently attending court ordered counseling for driving under the influence. Jeff Weiner,, "Florida man arrested in Walmart shooting threat called himself white nationalist in Facebook post, cops say," 5 Sep. 2019 For instance, if a court orders a defendant to pay interest, would the hospital actually not collect it? Deborah Douglas, ProPublica, "“Humbled”: Nonprofit Christian Hospital Dials Back Aggressive Debt Collection and Raises Wages After Our Investigation," 30 July 2019

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First Known Use of court order

1650, in the meaning defined above

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“Court order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2020.

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

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