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English definition of “restraining order”

restraining order

noun [C]     specialized
a written instruction made by a court that forbids (= does not allow ) a particular action until a judge has made a decision about the matter : She obtained a restraining order forbidding her partner from seeing their two children .Court cases, orders and decisions
(Definition of restraining order noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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