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[in-juhngk-shuh n] /ɪnˈdʒʌŋk ʃən/
Law. a judicial process or order requiring the person or persons to whom it is directed to do a particular act or to refrain from doing a particular act.
an act or instance of enjoining.
a command; order; admonition:
the injunctions of the Lord.
Origin of injunction
1520-30; < Late Latin injunctiōn- (stem of injunctiō), equivalent to Latin injunct(us) (past participle of injungere to join to; see enjoin) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
injunctive, adjective
injunctively, adverb Unabridged
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  • She complied with this injunction, and also vowed herself to a life of virginity.

    Myths and Legends of China E. T. C. Werner
  • In spite of my injunction he mumbled something, and I was not unwilling to hear it.

    The House Under the Sea Sir Max Pemberton
  • Gent-tul-men, my injunction to you is never to stop diggin'.

    Gov. Bob. Taylor's Tales Robert L. Taylor
  • I know the injunction has its difficulties, Mr. Atlee, but pray try and observe it.'

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • She will not listen to the advice, to the injunction, that she should return to me.

    Honorine Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for injunction


(law) an instruction or order issued by a court to a party to an action, esp to refrain from some act, such as causing a nuisance
a command, admonition, etc
the act of enjoining
Derived Forms
injunctive, adjective
injunctively, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Late Latin injunctiō, from Latin injungere to enjoin
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Word Origin and History for injunction

early 15c., from Late Latin injunctionem (nominative injunctio) "a command," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin injungere "impose," literally "attach to" (see enjoin).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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injunction in Culture

injunction definition

A court order that either compels or restrains an act by an individual, organization, or government official. In labormanagement relations, injunctions have been used to prevent workers from going on strike.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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