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 Zhao demanded a retraction, called for the edition’s removal from newsstands and for a restraining order to stop the defendants from further spreading the portrayal. Danny Nelson, Fortune, 26 July 2022 Organizers of the event filed suit against the town in Middlesex Superior Court, where a judge rejected their request for a restraining order against the town so the group could conduct its event on the green. Globe Staff,, 13 July 2022 The case drew attention when Attorney General Brian E. Frosh successfully sued for a restraining order against Sheriff Jeffrey R. Gahler, who Frosh argued was impeding his office’s investigation by withholding the footage and other evidence. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 7 July 2022 Valencia noted that the person who filed for the restraining order did not contact police, which would have involved prosecutors determining if there was enough evidence to file charges. Staff And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 3 July 2022 The attorneys declined to comment on the case, referring back to their motion for the restraining order. Jarrod Wardwell, CNN, 1 July 2022 Citing fears for his safety, Schulte filed for a restraining order against Amol in Virginia state court. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, 6 June 2022 The encounter took place May 22, 2016, five days before Heard filed for a restraining order on May 27, 2016. Mark Heim |, al, 17 May 2022 Law enforcement officials investigated Bauer after a woman filed a request for a restraining order under a domestic violence prevention law last year. NBC News, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of restraining order

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 Aug. 2022.

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Legal Definition of restraining order

— see order sense 3b

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