Definition - What does Desist mean?
The term desist means an order from a government agency or a court directed towards a business, organization, or person to immediately stop doing an act. This order of cessation is issued because the activity being carried out is considered extremely harmful or illegal.
Justipedia explains Desist
This order may be permanent in nature or may only be active until final judgment of legality of that activity occurs. In most cases, the harmful impact of such activities are irreversible.