Definitions for: Enjoin


[v] give instructions to or direct somebody to do something; "I said to him to go home"; "She ordered him to do the shopping"; "The mother told the child to get dressed"
[v] issue an injunction



Webster (1913) Definition: En*join", v. t. [imp. & p. p. Enjoined; p. pr. & vb.
n. Enjoining.] [F. enjoindre, L. injungere to join into,
charge, enjoin; in + jungere to join. See Join, and cf.
Injunction.]
1. To lay upon, as an order or command; to give an injunction
to; to direct with authority; to order; to charge.

High matter thou enjoin'st me. --Milton.

I am enjoined by oath to observe three things.
--Shak.

2. (Law) To prohibit or restrain by a judicial order or
decree; to put an injunction on.

This is a suit to enjoin the defendants from
disturbing the plaintiffs. --Kent.

Note: Enjoin has the force of pressing admonition with
authority; as, a parent enjoins on his children the
duty of obedience. But it has also the sense of
command; as, the duties enjoined by God in the moral
law. ``This word is more authoritative than direct, and
less imperious than command.'' --Johnson.


En*join", v. t.
To join or unite. [Obs.] --Hooker.

Synonyms: order, say, tell

See Also: call, command, compel, direct, disallow, forbid, instruct, interdict, prohibit, proscribe, request, require, send for, veto, warn

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