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 The lawsuit seeks an immediate court order from a judge to address some of the living conditions and will seek monetary damages. Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, "East Oakland tenants sue landlord over living conditions: 'We have pests like rats and roaches'," 5 Apr. 2021 Reporters were not permitted to see it, lawyers were required to obtain a court order to visit and its location was considered classified, although sources pointed to it on a satellite map of the base. New York Times, "Military Closes Failing Facility at Guantánamo Bay to Consolidate Prisoners," 4 Apr. 2021 However, 172 Republicans took issue with additions that would make purchasing or owning a firearm more difficult for people convicted of a violent crime or subject to a court order, The New York Times reports. Erin Corbett,, "The Majority Of House Republicans Don’t Support The Violence Against Women Act," 18 Mar. 2021 There was no immediate reaction from the U.S. Embassy to the court order upholding the appeal. Kathy Gannon, USA TODAY, "Pakistani court orders release of man accused in beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl," 28 Jan. 2021 The disciplinary records, which include cases against four other officers, were released Friday in response to an earlier court order from an ongoing human rights investigation of the department that was launched after George Floyd's death. Libor Jany, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis police chief reprimands officer who anonymously detailed department's 'toxic culture'," 8 Jan. 2021 Jordan, Benally's attorney, declined to say how his client would respond to the court order. Craig Harris, The Arizona Republic, "Navajo Nation moves to shut down hemp farms amid claims of marijuana growing," 24 Sep. 2020 Six months after that, a judge authorized officials to offload the ammonium nitrate because the ship was in danger of sinking, according to a court order dated June 27, 2014. Washington Post, "Lebanese officials tried to secure explosive chemicals days before Beirut blast," 31 Aug. 2020 The lack of any timeframe for making an appointment became the subject of a lawsuit filed by resident Garry Kanter seeking a court order compelling council to pick Yasinow’s successor. Thomas Jewell, cleveland, "At long last, Craig Cobb gets the nod for Cleveland Heights City Council vacancy," 16 Mar. 2021

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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 19 Apr. 2021.

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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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