- Enjoin is defined as to order someone to do something or to prohibit someone from doing something.
When the court issues an injunction stopping you from revealing trade secrets, this is an example of a time when the court enjoins.
- to urge or impose with authority; order; enforce: to enjoin silence on a class
- to prohibit, esp. by legal injunction; forbid: the company was enjoined from using false advertising
- to order (someone) authoritatively to do something, esp. by legal injunction
Origin of enjoinMiddle English enjoinen ; from Old French enjoindre ; from Classical Latin injungere, to join into, put upon ; from in-, in + jungere, join
transitive verben·joined, en·join·ing, en·joins
- a. To direct (a person) to do something; order or urge: The doctor enjoined the patient to walk daily.b. To require or impose (an action or behavior, for example) with authority and emphasis; prescribe.
- To prohibit or forbid: The judge enjoined the merger of the firms. The court enjoined the company from merging with its competitor.
Origin of enjoinMiddle English enjoinen, from Old French enjoindre, from Latin iniungere : in-, causative pref.; see en–1 + iungere, to join; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present enjoins, present participle enjoining, simple past and past participle enjoined)
- injunction noun
enjoin - Legal Definition