gag order


Definition of gag order 

: a judicial ruling barring public disclosure or discussion (as by the press) of information related to a case broadly : a similar nonjudicial prohibition against the release of confidential information or against public discussion of a sensitive matter

Examples of gag order in a Sentence

The judge has issued a gag order.

Recent Examples on the Web

Denhollander sued to get the second gag order lifted (a federal judge ruled in her favor and it was modified). Jason Schmidt, Glamour, "The Army of Women Who Took Down Larry Nassar," 30 Oct. 2018 Pharmacy benefit managers also said gag orders are not typical. Susan Jaffe, Washington Post, "Looking For Lower Medicare Drug Costs? Ask Your Pharmacist For The Cash Price.," 30 May 2018 Afterward, the trial judge, Stephanie B. Manis, placed a gag order on Al-Amin to prevent him from speaking. Obaid H. Siddiqui, The Root, "The Unofficial Gag Order of Jamil Al-Amin (H. Rap Brown): 16 Years in Prison, Still Not Allowed to Speak," 30 May 2018 Freed from a gag order that had mostly silenced him in recent weeks, Al Watkins was ready to talk. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "St. Louis lawyer reveals more details about mysterious $100,000 in cash | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018 The money became a subject of intense scrutiny in the lead-up to the governor’s trial, and Watkins became a witness under gag order until the case’s dismissal Monday. Bryan Lowry, kansascity, "St. Louis lawyer reveals more details about mysterious $100,000 in cash | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018 Gibson opposed the gag order, but out of caution, Hopkins canceled a photo appointment with The Enquirer. Anne Saker,, "Mason man starts with knee replacement, ends up with amputated leg," 9 May 2018 Representatives of Smithfield and the plaintiffs declined to comment, citing a gag order. Valerie Bauerlein, WSJ, "Pork Giant Loses Essential Legal Battle in Manure Case," 29 June 2018 When the hospital’s chief of staff questioned the unexcused absence of the department, VA officials reassigned her and imposed a gag order on her. Anne Saker,, "Cincinnati VA turmoil: 3 patients sent elsewhere when surgery department closed for 4 days," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of gag order

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gag order was in 1906

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English Language Learners Definition of gag order

law : an order by a judge or court saying that the people involved in a legal case cannot talk about the case or anything related to it in public

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see order sense 3b

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