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[en-join] /ɛnˈdʒɔɪn/
verb (used with object)
to prescribe (a course of action) with authority or emphasis:
The doctor enjoined a strict diet.
to direct or order to do something:
He was enjoined to live more frugally.
Law. to prohibit or restrain by an injunction.
Origin of enjoin
1175-1225; Middle English enjoi(g)nen < Old French enjoindre < Latin injungere to fasten to, bring upon. See in-2, join
Related forms
enjoiner, noun
enjoinment, noun
reenjoin, verb (used with object)
unenjoined, adjective
2. charge, bid, command, require. 3. proscribe, interdict, ban. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for enjoined
  • We are enjoined to see the penguins as good and the giant petrel as wicked.
  • Her answer was that the abbess had enjoined her that penance.
  • Last night she enjoined me to write some lines to one she loves.
  • Both respect for the feelings of others and sympathy with them are enjoined.
  • His three canonical epistles prescribe the term of canonical penance to be enjoined penitents for their sins.
  • Companies are enjoined to do more than serve their customers and make money.
  • It was permanently enjoined from operating as an unregistered investment firm.
  • He is enjoined not to teach his private beliefs at a public school.
  • He enjoined the jurors to reason out of the evidence.
  • The cultural and social realities which enjoined high fertility in the pre-modern world no longer hold.
British Dictionary definitions for enjoined


verb (transitive)
to order (someone) to do (something); urge strongly; command
to impose or prescribe (a condition, mode of behaviour, etc)
(law) to require (a person) to do or refrain from doing (some act), esp by issuing an injunction
Derived Forms
enjoiner, noun
enjoinment, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French enjoindre, from Latin injungere to fasten to, from in-² + jungere to join
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Word Origin and History for enjoined



early 13c., engoinen, from stem of Old French enjoindre (12c.) "impose (on), inflict; subject to; assign (to)," from Latin injungere "to join, fasten, attach;" figuratively "to inflict, to attack, impose," from in- "on" (see in- (2)) + jungere "to join" (see jugular). Related: Enjoined; enjoining.

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