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injunction

[in-juhngk-shuh n]
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.
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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 of injunctive

  • 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
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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 injunctive

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

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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).

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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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