enjoin

[en-join]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to prescribe (a course of action) with authority or emphasis: The doctor enjoined a strict diet.
  2. to direct or order to do something: He was enjoined to live more frugally.
  3. Law. to prohibit or restrain by an injunction.

Origin of enjoin

1175–1225; Middle English enjoi(g)nen < Old French enjoindre < Latin injungere to fasten to, bring upon. See in-2, join
Related formsen·join·er, nounen·join·ment, nounre·en·join, verb (used with object)un·en·joined, adjective

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Historical Examples of enjoinment

  • The enjoinment of self-criticism and self-culture seems a simpler and less circumstantial rule of life.

    Mountain Meditations

    L. Lind-af-Hageby


British Dictionary definitions for enjoinment

enjoin

verb (tr)
  1. to order (someone) to do (something); urge strongly; command
  2. to impose or prescribe (a condition, mode of behaviour, etc)
  3. law to require (a person) to do or refrain from doing (some act), esp by issuing an injunction
Derived Formsenjoiner, nounenjoinment, noun

Word Origin for enjoin

C13: from Old French enjoindre, from Latin injungere to fasten to, from in- ² + jungere to join
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Word Origin and History for enjoinment

enjoin

v.

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.

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