[ in-juhngk-shuh n ]
/ ɪnˈdʒʌŋk ʃən /


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.
an act or instance of enjoining.
a command; order; admonition: the injunctions of the Lord.

Nearby words

  1. injector,
  2. injera,
  3. injudicious,
  4. injun,
  5. injunct,
  6. injunctive,
  7. injure,
  8. injured,
  9. injurious,
  10. injuriously

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for in-junction


/ (ɪnˈdʒʌŋkʃən) /


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
a command, admonition, etc
the act of enjoining
Derived Formsinjunctive, adjectiveinjunctively, adverb

Word Origin for injunction

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

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Word Origin and History for in-junction



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

Culture definitions for in-junction


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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