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restraining order

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noun Law.
  1. a judicial order to forbid a particular act until a decision is reached on an application for an injunction.
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Origin of restraining order

First recorded in 1875–80
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restraining order

noun
  1. US law an order issued by a civil court to a potential abuser to keep away from those named in the order
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