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cease and desist

To stop doing something. This phrase is typically associated with legal matters. We received a letter ordering us to cease and desist due to copyright infringement, so we had to halt production.
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desist from (something)

To stop doing something. If you don't desist from blasting that music, I'm calling the police!
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cease and desist

to completely stop doing something. (A legal phrase.) The judge ordered the merchant to cease and desist the deceptive practices. When they were ordered to cease and desist, they finally stopped.
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desist from something

to stop doing something. You must desist from further attempts to contact your wife. I wish you would desist from calling me Willie.
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cease and desist

Stop, leave off doing something, as in: "Bliss excavated at least once on his own and Dr. Brand ... told him to cease and desist" (Douglas Preston quoting Frank Hibben, The New Yorker, June 12, 1995). This legal term is a redundancy, since cease and desist mean virtually the same thing, but often appears in legal documents to avoid possible misinterpretation. [c. 1920]
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Cease and desist letters could be sent when there is a "tortious interference of contract," a business tort that allows one of the two parties bound in a contract to hold the other liable if that person interfered with the contract in a way that caused the other to suffer damages, as in the case of Trump and Bannon.
Besides the cease and desist order, the IC also slapped BFPMBAI a fine of P200,000.
It added that media would desist from publishing any news item of serious allegations, which may cause damage to national solidarity or law and order situation.
In a cease and desist order (CDO) signed by Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) Toledo City Fedencio Carreon addressed to Chief of Hospital Dr.
Another issue that has only recently become important is federal and state legislation in the area of patent cease and desist letters.
Berjac also financed a lot of construction projects, lending "substantial sums to a number of real estate developers over the past four decades," the state's cease and desist order said.
Speaking for the Spiegel Sunday, Rehn joined warnings from the IMF voiced earlier over the week that it might desist from continuing the crediting over fears Greece might default on its debt.
The attachment holds two examples of cease and desist letters in the field of trademark law showing typically pre-worded clauses.
NNA - 22/01/2011 Lebanese Forces commander Samir Geagea implored Hezbollah to desist from using violence when dealing with "loyal citizens.
21, after agreeing in September to a cease and desist order from the OTS that required it to raise capital.
Global Banking News-October 18, 2010--Bank Gibraltar receives cease and desist order from regulators(C)2010 ENPublishing - http://www.
By Lahore, July 14, 2010 (Frontier Star): Chief Minister Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif said that No-one should be allowed to point score on water issue between Punjab and Sindh adding that Punjab will neither desist from its allocated water share nor take even a drop of water from Sindh's share.
The financial crisis is causing a dramatic rise in the number of cease and desist orders by bank regulators, according to analysis by The Regulatory Fundamentals Group (RFG) LLC.
His letter also demanded that he "agree in writing to permanently cease and desist from the advertising, promoting, marketing, sale or distribution of any products bearing or referring to Universal Property.
The Federal Reserve Board announced on June 7, 2005, the issuance of a final decision and cease and desist order against eighteen former institution-affiliated parties of First Western Bank, Cooper City, Florida, and an order of prohibition against Carl V.