injunction

[in-juhngk-shuhn]
noun
1.
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.
2.
an act or instance of enjoining.
3.
a command; order; admonition: the injunctions of the Lord.

Origin:
1520–30; < Late Latin injunctiōn- (stem of injunctiō), equivalent to Latin injunct(us) (past participle of injungere to join to; see enjoin) + -iōn- -ion

injunctive, adjective
injunctively, adverb
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injunction (ɪnˈdʒʌŋkʃən)
 
n
1.  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
2.  a command, admonition, etc
3.  the act of enjoining
 
[C16: from Late Latin injunctiō, from Latin injungere to enjoin]
 
in'junctive
 
adj
 
in'junctively
 
adv

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injunction
early 15c., from L.L. injunctionem (nom. injunctio) "a command," from L. injunctus, pp. of injungere "impose, attach to" (see enjoin).
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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.

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Example sentences
But the injunction that one ought to be present for work doesn't explain what
  that work-politics-involves.
Had this injunction been literally obeyed, the object of its promoters would
  have been at once secured.
The court dismissed the complaint, saying that the plaintiff didn't show
  sufficient harm to merit the injunction.
Well, recently they lost the injunction, so the cuts happened.
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