restraining order


Definition of restraining order

1 : a preliminary legal order sometimes issued to keep a situation unchanged pending decision upon an application for an injunction
2 : 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 But earlier this year, the Country Brook Homeowners’ Association filed a civil suit against the couple for keeping a pet pig and asked for a temporary restraining order to remove Arnold. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, "Judge rules woman can keep her Vietnamese pot-bellied pig after legal dispute with HOA," 21 Apr. 2021 Beyond the farmers’ concerns, the Klamath Tribes sued the Bureau of Reclamation on Tuesday to ensure minimum water levels in Upper Klamath Lake for the sucker fish and asked for a temporary restraining order from the court. NBC News, "Epic drought means water crisis on Oregon-California border," 15 Apr. 2021 On Thursday, news broke of a settlement between creator MSCHF and Nike over the shoes, which Nike had previously blocked sales of with a temporary restraining order. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Company behind Lil Nas X 'Satan Shoes' to issue a voluntary recall after Nike lawsuit," 9 Apr. 2021 The restraining order that Baker issued Tuesday is in effect until Jan. 5, but the ACLU has already filed a request for a preliminary injunction, which would also block the state from enforcing the laws. Neal Earley, Arkansas Online, "Laws on abortion again put on hold in Arkansas," 23 Dec. 2020 Marshall granted a temporary restraining order restricting the LAPD’s use of hard-foam 37-millimeter and 40-millimeter projectiles. Kevin Rector, Los Angeles Times, "A high-stakes moment for LAPD as city braces for verdict in Derek Chauvin trial," 19 Apr. 2021 Law enforcement's treatment of the media also has faced scrutiny as late Friday, a federal judge granted a temporary restraining order that bars Minnesota officers from arresting or using force against the press. Editors, USA TODAY, "Indiana mourning, Minnesota protests, Prince Philip funeral: 5 things to know this weekend," 17 Apr. 2021 In response to the suit, a Tarrant County judge granted a temporary restraining order barring the district from moving ahead with the plan. Talia Richman, Dallas News, "Two Southlake Carroll school trustees arrested on charges of violating Texas Open Meetings," 6 Apr. 2021 In February, a federal district judge in the District of Columbia granted a temporary restraining order to keep the federal health agency from making deeper cuts. New York Times, "Tribal Communities Set to Receive Big New Infusion of Aid," 18 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of restraining order

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 May 2021

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“Restraining order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of restraining order

US, law : a legal order saying that someone is not allowed to go near a particular person

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Legal Definition of restraining order

— see order sense 3b

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