Definition of ASBO noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈæzbəʊ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈæzboʊ//
Belonging to society
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the abbreviation for antisocial behaviour order (in the UK, an order made by a court which says that somebody must stop behaving in a harmful or annoying way to other people) See related entries: Belonging to society Culture ASBOs were introduced in 1998. Examples of behaviour for which an ASBO is given are vandalism (= destroying or damaging property), harassment (= annoying or worrying people by saying or doing unpleasant things), causing a lot of noise, etc. Anybody who breaks the conditions of the order can be charged with a criminal offence.