Definition of protective order in US English:

protective order


  • A court order instructing a person to desist from abusing or harassing the petitioner (usually a related person) for a fixed period.

    ‘my ex filed a protective order against me’
    • ‘The council has the power to apply the protective orders on trees which stand on private property, and special permission is needed to fell them.’
    • ‘The father and daughter were both arrested in November and the children were placed under a protective order.’
    • ‘And then when they go to court, the first thing the prosecutors want is to slap a protective order on you, so that you can't say anything in response.’
    • ‘She had filed for divorce and obtained a protective order against her husband.’
    • ‘But the judge said no, he's going to just keep the protective order in place.’
    • ‘I can't comment on any specific witness, under the protective order.’
    • ‘While they're in court, they're shielded by a protective order while they restructure.’
    • ‘You know, as was predicted a long time ago when the judge was contemplating putting a protective order in, you just have to dig a little deeper.’
    • ‘Do we forget to speak out when police don't arrest, when prosecutors don't prosecute, and judges don't grant protective orders?’
    • ‘If I were them - I kiddingly told one of the lawyers yesterday - I'd be fighting tooth and nail to keep them under protective order, as well.’
    • ‘She refuses to get a protective order against him, and she resents my pushing on the subject.’
    • ‘The bloggers immediately filed for a protective order, on the grounds that the disclosure would violate their First Amendment right to criticise a public official anonymously, but the trial court denied the motion.’
    • ‘If that were true there would be no need for psychiatric protective orders.’
    • ‘Victims should not have to pay huge costs or wait weeks to get the paperwork needed for a protective order.’
    • ‘I have said from the beginning that I was not covered by the protective order, that the judge did not intend to cover me, and that nothing I said was prohibited or a violation of the order.’
    • ‘There will be a protective order guarding the results until it's known to everybody, so it would take about two months I think.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘I think under the protective order I can tell you that it looks like they're winding up, in terms of timing.’
    • ‘I oppose a gag order and the court did allow me to argue in opposition to any protective order…’
    • ‘I believe there were some that were listed, yes, for violation of emergency protective orders and domestic violence, yes.’