- to prescribe (a course of action) with authority or emphasis: The doctor enjoined a strict diet.
- to direct or order to do something: He was enjoined to live more frugally.
- Law. to prohibit or restrain by an injunction.
Origin of enjoin
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Examples from the Web for enjoinment
The enjoinment of self-criticism and self-culture seems a simpler and less circumstantial rule of life.Mountain Meditations
- to order (someone) to do (something); urge strongly; command
- to impose or prescribe (a condition, mode of behaviour, etc)
- law to require (a person) to do or refrain from doing (some act), esp by issuing an injunction
Word Origin and History for enjoinment
early 13c., engoinen, from stem of Old French enjoindre (12c.) "impose (on), inflict; subject to; assign (to)," from Latin injungere "to join, fasten, attach;" figuratively "to inflict, to attack, impose," from in- "on" (see in- (2)) + jungere "to join" (see jugular). Related: Enjoined; enjoining.