Enjoin Definition

enjoined, enjoining, enjoins
enjoined, enjoining, enjoins
To urge or impose with authority; order; enforce.
To enjoin silence on a class.
Webster's New World
To require or impose (an action or behavior, for example) with authority and emphasis; prescribe.
American Heritage
To prohibit, esp. by legal injunction; forbid.
The company was enjoined from using false advertising.
Webster's New World
To order (someone) authoritatively to do something, esp. by legal injunction.
Webster's New World
To order or compel to stop or prohibit commencement of an activity; of a judge: to grant a court order directing a party to cease a particular activity.
Webster's New World Law

Origin of Enjoin

  • Middle English enjoinen from Old French enjoindre from Latin iniungere in- causative pref. en–1 iungere to join yeug- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French enjoindre (“to join with”), from Latin iniungo (“to attach”), a compound of in- (“into” “upon”) and iungo.

    From Wiktionary

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