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.

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Heard later dismissed her restraining order petition. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Johnny Depp talks divorce, lavish spending in shocking tell-all: I was 'as low' as 'I could have gotten'," 22 June 2018 Get the data Vice President Mike Pence mentioned California’s gun violence restraining order in a roundtable discussion on gun control with President Donald Trump and members of Congress last month. Alexei Koseff, sacbee, "‘Best tool’ to prevent gun violence is rarely used in California," 29 Mar. 2018 Lallas returned and was granted an elder abuse restraining order against Morgan June 13. Washington Post, "Amid public triumph, private turmoil for Marvel’s Stan Lee," 30 June 2018 Lawsuit, restraining order And things could get heated. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Northwoods Wisconsin school board member started asking questions. Then things got ugly," 11 July 2018 Even measures requiring people with domestic-violence convictions or restraining orders against them to forfeit their firearms to law enforcement or a gun dealer were derailed., "With Pa. House, Senate gone, big issues remain unresolved," 4 July 2018 In the filings, attorneys alleged Chyna herself prevented the show from filming after obtaining a domestic violence restraining order against Rob in July. Mike Miller,, "Blac Chyna Says Kardashians Threatened to Leave E! Unless Network Dropped Rob & Chyna: Report," 25 May 2018 The process is similar to obtaining a domestic violence restraining order. Melody Gutierrez, San Francisco Chronicle, "California starts slow on seizing unstable people’s guns, but that could change," 10 May 2018 Here is how to obtain a gun violence restraining order. Taryn Luna, sacbee, "Teachers bearing arms a nonstarter for California voters, poll says | The Sacramento Bee," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of restraining order

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of restraining order

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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