Stop, leave off doing something, as in: “Bliss excavated at least once on his own and Dr. Brand ... told him to cease and desist” (Douglas Preston quoting Frank Hibben, The New Yorker, June 12, 1995). This legal term is a redundancy, since cease and desist mean virtually the same thing, but often appears in legal documents to avoid possible misinterpretation. [c. 1920]
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How to use cease and desist in a sentence
It is a place where cease-and-desist letters are hung on the wall with pride.New York Post Looks Thinner After News Corporation Split | David Freedlander | July 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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As a result, DeRose sent Jose a cease-and-desist order in September.Paul Babeu, Immigration Hawk Sheriff, Outed by Alleged Mexican Gay Lover | Terry Greene Sterling | February 18, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST