What does gag order mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gag order(noun)

    a court order restricting information or comment by the participants involved in a lawsuit

    "imposing a gag order on members of the press violates the First Amendment"


  1. gag order(Noun)

    An order issued by a court prohibiting specified persons from discussing a case outside limitations set by the court.

  2. gag order(Noun)

    Any directive from a person in authority prohibiting another person from speaking about a certain thing.


  1. Gag order

    A gag order is an order, typically a legal order by a court or government, restricting information or comment from being made public, or in some cases, passed onto any unauthorized third party. The phrase may sometimes be used of a private order by an employer or other institution. Gag orders may be used, for example, to keep legitimate trade secrets of a company, to protect the integrity of ongoing police or military operations, or to protect the privacy of victims or minors. Conversely, as their downside, they may be abused as a useful tool for those of financial means to intimidate witnesses and prevent release of information, using the legal system rather than other methods of intimidation. Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation orders may potentially be abused in this way. In a similar manner, a 'gag law' may limit freedom of the press, by instituting censorship or restricting access to information.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gag order in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gag order in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Darrien Hunt:

    To me it was a gag order — 'Here's some hush money, don't ever say Darrien's name again,'.

  2. Allen Welch:

    They tell me it will take another day or two to get through. That's absolutely all I know. I have a gag order in place for anything from the grand jury.

  3. Richard Waites:

    One of the things that I am seeing, not just in Baltimore but in other places, is an overuse of gag orders, the proper use of a gag order is to protect a party's rights of some kind. To protect information from going out to the public because it might cause problems -- I don't think that's a proper use of gag orders.

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