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.

Origin of cease-and-desist order

First recorded in 1925–30

Words nearby cease-and-desist order

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