cease-and-desist order

[ sees-uh n-di-zist, -sist ]
/ ˈsis ən dɪˈzɪst, -ˈsɪst /


an order by a government agency to a person or corporation to terminate a business practice found by the agency to be illegal or unfair.

Nearby words

  1. cea,
  2. ceanothus,
  3. ceará,
  4. cease,
  5. cease and desist,
  6. cease-fire,
  7. ceasefire,
  8. ceaseless,
  9. ceaselessly,
  10. ceauşescu

Origin of cease-and-desist order

First recorded in 1925–30

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