[ in-juhngk-shuhn ]
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  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.

  1. 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

Other words from injunction

  • in·junc·tive, adjective
  • in·junc·tive·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

British Dictionary definitions for injunction


/ (ɪnˈdʒʌŋkʃən) /

  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

  1. the act of enjoining

Origin of injunction

C16: from Late Latin injunctiō, from Latin injungere to enjoin

Derived forms of injunction

  • injunctive, adjective
  • injunctively, adverb

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Cultural definitions for 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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