Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To direct or impose with authority and emphasis.
  • transitive v. To prohibit or forbid. See Synonyms at forbid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To lay upon, as an order or command; to give an injunction to; to direct with authority; to order; to charge.
  • v. To prohibit or restrain by a judicial order or decree; to put an injunction on.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To lay upon, as an order or command; to give an injunction to; to direct with authority; to order; to charge.
  • transitive v. To prohibit or restrain by a judicial order or decree; to put an injunction on.
  • transitive v. To join or unite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To join; unite.
  • To lay upon, as an order or command; put an injunction upon; order or direct with urgency; admonish or instruct with authority; command.
  • In law, to prohibit or restrain by a judicial order called an injunction: used absolutely of a thing, or with from of a person: as, the court enjoined the prosecution of the work; the defendant was enjoined from proceeding.
  • To lay as an injunction; enforce by way of order or command: as, I enjoin it on you not to disappoint me; he enjoined upon them the strictest obedience.
  • Synonyms Enjoin, Direct, Command; to bid, require, urge, impress upon. Johnson says enjoin is more authoritative than direct and less imperious than command. It has the force of pressing admonition with authority; as, a parent enjoins on his children the duty of obedience. But it has also the sense of command: as, the duties enjoined by God in the moral law.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. give instructions to or direct somebody to do something with authority
  • v. issue an injunction

Etymologies

Middle English enjoinen, from Old French enjoindre, from Latin iniungere : in-, causative pref.; see en-1 + iungere, to join; see yeug- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French enjoindre ("to join with"), from Latin injungere ("to attach"), a compound of in- ("into” “upon") and jungere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This he did not, as in the case of the alterations agreed to in convocation, "enjoin" or "require."

    Report of Commemorative Services with the Sermons and Addresses at the Seabury Centenary, 1883-1885.

  • Having confidence in thy obedience -- to my apostolic authority, if I were to "enjoin" it (Phm 8), which I do not, preferring to beseech thee for it as a favor (Phm 9). thou will also do more -- towards Onesimus: hinting at his possible manumission by Philemon, besides, being kindly received.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Q: But those rights are all negative — right to prevent others from reproducing: you can enjoin/get damages.

    IPSC: Copyright/Right of Publicity/GIs

  • The confusion stemmed from Vinson's decision not to formally enjoin the law in his original order; instead he suggested that it was "the functional equivalent" of an injunction because it's presumed the federal government automatically complies with such judgements.

    Judge clears way for implementation of health-care law in states that are challenging it

  • They enjoin charity, benevolence, as a moral obligation, to be met out of the producer's surplus.

    Notable & Quotable

  • Clearly the Framers did not enjoin the President from proposing laws unless he honestly believed it to be “necessary” to do so as you use the term here.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » New lawsuit on Obamacare

  • Classic Kemalism as distorted under the military regimes went much further than the mere secularism of the state which the US or the French constitutions enjoin.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » What’s Going on With Turkey

  • I am waiting for the suit to remove lower case “t” from our alphabet, or at least to enjoin Congress from passing any law that contains a word with the horrible symbol that keeps vampires at bay and apparently burns the eyes of some Americans.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Cross Memorials on Government Land

  • We are asking the courts to declare that statutory damages like these — 150,000: 1 — are unconstitutional and that the RIAA ` s campaign to extract settlements from individuals by the threat of such unconstitutional damages is itself unlawful, enjoin the RIAA ` s unlawful campaign, and order the RIAA to return the $100M+ that it obtained as a result of its unlawful campaign.

    Jammie’s new lawyer KAD Camara v the RIAA

  • We are asking the courts to declare that statutory damages like these — 150,000: 1 – are unconstitutional and that the RIAA ` s campaign to extract settlements from individuals by the threat of such unconstitutional damages is itself unlawful, enjoin the RIAA ` s unlawful campaign, and order the RIAA to return the $100M+ that it obtained as a result of its unlawful campaign.

    Jammie’s new lawyer KAD Camara v the RIAA

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  • Direct or impose v. prohibit or forbid.

    May 24, 2008