- 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.
Origin of injunction
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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
- 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
C16: from Late Latin injunctiō, from Latin injungere to enjoin
Word Origin and History for injunctive
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).
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