restraining order


: a preliminary legal order sometimes issued to keep a situation unchanged pending decision upon an application for an injunction
: a legal order issued against an individual to restrict or prohibit access or proximity to another specified individual

Examples of restraining order in a Sentence

The judge issued a restraining order.
Recent Examples on the Web In addition to granting Palmer temporary sole physical and legal custody of Leo, the temporary restraining order states that Jackson is not allowed to have visitation with his son, with a hearing set for Dec. 5 to determine further action on the temporary arrangement. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 24 Nov. 2023 The following day, the court officially issued a temporary restraining order to begin Nov. 30. Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 22 Nov. 2023 Hall was also granted a temporary restraining order against Oates with a bond set at $50,000. Vulture, 22 Nov. 2023 Realizing that his bank accounts had been drained, the Chinese businessman quickly filed the lawsuit in San Diego Superior Court, and within a day a judge issued a temporary restraining order barring Gao from moving the money. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Nov. 2023 The former football player seemingly deleted a majority of his Instagram posts over the weekend, after a Los Angeles County Superior Court judge granted Palmer a temporary restraining order against her ex. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 13 Nov. 2023 In late 2022, at her urging, a Walgreens employee filed for a restraining order against Buck and Roye. Lauren Smiley, WIRED, 7 Nov. 2023 People went to court to basically seek restraining orders on the CAURD licenses. Curbed, 18 Oct. 2023 This led to the court establishing a restraining order preventing Tian from contacting Hope. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 13 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of restraining order was in 1780

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“Restraining order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

Legal Definition

restraining order

see order sense 3b

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