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injunction

[in-juhngk-shuh n]
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noun
  1. Law. a judicial process or order requiring the person or persons to whom it is directed to do a particular act or to refrain from doing a particular act.
  2. an act or instance of enjoining.
  3. a command; order; admonition: the injunctions of the Lord.

Origin of injunction

1520–30; < Late Latin injunctiōn- (stem of injunctiō), equivalent to Latin injunct(us) (past participle of injungere to join to; see enjoin) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsin·junc·tive, adjectivein·junc·tive·ly, adverb
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Historical Examples

  • These may always read the eighth commandment by leaving the negative out, and then take it in an injunctive sense.

    The Black Baronet; or, The Chronicles Of Ballytrain

    William Carleton


British Dictionary definitions for injunctive

injunction

noun
  1. law an instruction or order issued by a court to a party to an action, esp to refrain from some act, such as causing a nuisance
  2. a command, admonition, etc
  3. the act of enjoining
Derived Formsinjunctive, adjectiveinjunctively, adverb

Word Origin

C16: from Late Latin injunctiō, from Latin injungere to enjoin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for injunctive

1620s, from Latin injunct-, past participle stem of injungere (see enjoin) + -ive. As a term in grammar, from 1910.

injunction

n.

early 15c., from Late Latin injunctionem (nominative injunctio) "a command," noun of action from past participle stem of Latin injungere "impose," literally "attach to" (see enjoin).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

injunctive in Culture

injunction

A court order that either compels or restrains an act by an individual, organization, or government official. In labormanagement relations, injunctions have been used to prevent workers from going on strike.

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