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 Local officials in Kent, the town where the hotel sits, have filed an emergency restraining order to prevent it from opening. Trevor Hughes, USA TODAY, "'Scary for everybody': This is what it's like in Seattle and King County, areas under siege from the coronavirus," 8 Mar. 2020 These are effectively restraining orders that would call on Myanmar to halt abuses and refrain from destroying evidence. Fox News, "Aung San Suu Kyi begins court defense of Burma against allegations of genocide," 10 Dec. 2019 Court records show that Buck has been the subject of several requests for restraining orders in Southern California. Los Angeles Times, "Ed Buck was known for his abrasive behavior. But politicians still took his money," 17 Oct. 2019 After being released from the hospital, Garcia said, he was booked into Santa Clara County jail on charges of violating a domestic violence restraining order and resisting arrest. Nico Savidge, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Man with knife arrested following 9-hour standoff," 10 Aug. 2019 How to get help The Sojourner Family Peace Center in Milwaukee operates a 24-hour confidential hotline at (414) 933-2722 and offers assistance with e-filing for restraining orders at (414) 278-5079. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Domestic violence reports have risen in Milwaukee during coronavirus -- but there is help, advocates say," 21 Apr. 2020 One bill would extend the length of the firearms restraining order from one year to five. Los Angeles Times, "San Diego’s city attorney is taking away hundreds of guns from those who shouldn’t have them," 12 Aug. 2019 Lawmakers also gave final legislative approval Monday to a bill that prohibits people subject to restraining orders in other states from keeping guns in California. Los Angeles Times, "California could expand use of gun violence restraining orders under bill sent to governor," 9 Sep. 2019 One bill would extend the length of the firearms restraining order from one year to five. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: The California officials working to seize guns from wackos," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of restraining order

1780, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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14 May 2020

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“Restraining order.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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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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