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court order (plural court orders)

  1. (law) A written command, issued by a judge, requiring whomever it is served upon to do whatever the order says, under penalty of being held in contempt of court.
    1920 The Reds were raising an awful howl. Andrews, the lawyer, had succeeded in getting a court order to see the arrested men, and of course the prisoners had all declared that the case was a put-up job. — Upton Sinclair, 100%: The Story of a Patriot, §54.