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

In addition, Kammen in November had obtained a federal court restraining order protecting him from a forced appearance at the war court. Carol Rosenberg, miamiherald, "Military judge wants civilian attorneys arrested for quitting USS Cole case," 13 Feb. 2018 California lawmakers approved a bill this week that would expand the list of people who could ask a court for a gun violence restraining order, reports said. Amy Lieu, Fox News, "California bill to expand gun-takeaway law advances to governor's desk," 31 Aug. 2018 Meanwhile, state laws that require people subject to domestic violence restraining orders to turn in their guns are associated with a 10 lower rate of intimate partner homicide, according to Everytown. Anna North, Vox, "At Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, domestic violence became multiple homicide. It’s part of a disturbing pattern.," 21 Nov. 2018 Stan Lee's restraining order against a former business manager was extended for three years on Friday, in another apparent step toward stability for the Marvel Comics mogul after a tumultuous year. Fox News, "Stan Lee gets 3-year restraining order against former business manager," 17 Aug. 2018 Francisco Gonzalez, 22, was booked on charges of assault with a deadly weapon, brandishing, restraining order violation and resisting arrest, police Officer Linda Matthew said. Julia Sclafani, sacbee, "Man surrenders in SWAT standoff at Sacramento family home," 13 July 2018 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

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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

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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