Simple Definition of enjoin
: 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
1 : to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition <enjoined us to be careful>
Examples of enjoin in a sentence
He was enjoined by his conscience from telling a lie.
The judge enjoined them from selling the property.
Did You Know?
Which of these words do you think has the same root as enjoin? a. entelechy b. joy c. junta d. purloin It might help if we tell you that enjoin derives ultimately from the verb jungere, which means "to join." Jungere is behind a number of English words, including join, conjoin, disjoin, and junction. Are you ready for your answer? The correct choice is junta, a term that entered English by way of Spanish. A junta is a committee that controls a government, especially after a revolutionary seizure of power - in other words, a group of persons joined together for a specific purpose.
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
Synonym Discussion of enjoin
Legal Definition of enjoin
: to prohibit by judicial order : issue an injunction against <a three-judge district court had enjoined the plans — W. J. Brennan, Jr.>
Origin of enjoin
Anglo-French enjoindre to impose, constrain, from Old French, from Latin injungere to attach, impose, from in- on + jungere to join
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