civil contempt

Definition of "civil contempt"
  1. The act of not obeying a court order to benefit the other side in a legal dispute
How to use "civil contempt" in a sentence
  1. The judge can charge a person with civil contempt if they refuse to follow court-ordered support payment.
  2. His intentional disregard of the restraining order could result in a charge of civil contempt.
  3. The attorney faced civil contempt charges after failing to produce key documents as ordered by the court.

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