gag order

noun

: 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 Trump owes another $110,000 for refusing to comply with a subpoena in the civil fraud case and $15,000 for repeatedly disparaging the judge’s law clerk in violation of a gag order. Jake Offenhartz, Fortune, 17 Feb. 2024 Appeals court declines to reconsider Trump's gag-order challenge The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday declined former President Donald Trump's request to have the full appellate court hear his challenge of a gag order in his federal election interference case. Harold Maass, The Week Us, theweek, 24 Jan. 2024 Chutkan rejected that argument last year and ruled that while all trial deadlines are paused, the restrictions of the gag order remain in effect as the appeals process plays out. Robert Legare, CBS News, 23 Jan. 2024 Trump has unsuccessfully tried to challenge the gag order placed on him by Judge Tanya Chutkan late last year through appeals. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 23 Jan. 2024 Trump was fined $15,000 during his trial for violating a gag order imposed by Engoron to prevent him from making any public comments about the judge’s law clerk, who received a flood of threats from Trump supporters after the former president wrote a social media post about her. Shayna Jacobs, Washington Post, 10 Jan. 2024 The 11 judges from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday declined to touch the case after a three-judge panel previously upheld the gag order against Trump. Cnn.com Wire Service, The Mercury News, 23 Jan. 2024 After temporarily halting the limited gag order following Trump's appeal of her order, the judge then reinstated the limited gag order in response to Trump's social media comments regarding his former chief of staff, Mark Meadows. Alexander Mallin, ABC News, 23 Jan. 2024 The judge had also issued a limited gag order early in the trial blocking Trump from commenting on Engoron’s staff after Trump posted a photograph of Engoron’s law clerk on social media. Mark Berman, Washington Post, 11 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gag order was in 1906

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“Gag order.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gag%20order. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition

gag order

see order sense 3b

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