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tr.v. en·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.
2. To prohibit or forbid: The judge enjoined the merger of the firms. The court enjoined the company from merging with its competitor.

[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.]

en·join′er n.
en·join′ment n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.enjoinment - (law) a judicial remedy issued in order to prohibit a party from doing or continuing to do a certain activity; "injunction were formerly obtained by writ but now by a judicial order"
ban, proscription, prohibition - a decree that prohibits something
mandatory injunction - injunction requiring the performance of some specific act
final injunction, permanent injunction - injunction issued on completion of a trial
interlocutory injunction, temporary injunction - injunction issued during a trial to maintain the status quo or preserve the subject matter of the litigation until the trial is over
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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