verb en·join \in-ˈjin, en-\

: to direct or order (someone) to do something

: to prevent (someone) from doing something; especially : to give a legal order preventing (someone) from doing something

Full Definition of ENJOIN

transitive verb
:  to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition <enjoined us to be careful>
a :  forbid, prohibit <was enjoined by conscience from telling a lie>
b :  to prohibit by a judicial order :  put an injunction on <a book had been enjoined prior to publication — David Margolick>

Examples of ENJOIN

  1. He was enjoined by his conscience from telling a lie.
  2. The judge enjoined them from selling the property.

Origin of ENJOIN

Middle English, from Anglo-French enjoindre, from Latin injungere, from in- + jungere to join — more at yoke
First Known Use: 13th century


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