Entry from US English dictionary
A court order instructing a person to desist from abusing or harassing the petitioner (usually a related person) for a fixed period: a protective order against the man accused of setting his wife on fire
More example sentences
- I oppose a gag order and the court did allow me to argue in opposition to any protective order…
- The amendment waives any waiting periods if one spouse (almost always the wife) has ‘obtained a protective order or alleged abuse in a formal statement.’
- Do we forget to speak out when police don't arrest, when prosecutors don't prosecute, and judges don't grant protective orders?
For editors and proofreaders
Syllabification: pro·tec·tive or·der
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