Meaning of “court order” in the English Dictionary

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"court order" in British English

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court ordernoun [ C ]

uk /ˌkɔːt ˈɔː.dər/ us /ˌkɔːrt ˈɔːr.dɚ/

Examples from literature

  • Merchants and traders could settle their trade disputes by arbitration, which decision could be enforced by court order. 
  • The lame point in his self-defense was his failure to support his children, and it took a court order to rectify this in part. 
  • They'd taken possession of the property and had a court order restraining me from going onto the grounds. 
  • To place the man under court order to stay away from home and pay his wife a stated amount weekly. 
  • Whether the man under court order is on probation or not, the cessation of payments should automatically reopen the case. 

(Definition of “court order” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"court order" in Business English

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court ordernoun [ C ]

uk us

LAW an instruction given by a court telling someone what they must or must not do:

apply for/seek a court order They applied for a court order to compel the government to disclose details of the deal.
comply with/break a court order Failure to comply with a court order is a serious offence.
His attorney declined to comment, citing a court order not to discuss the case.

(Definition of “court order” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)