noun \in-ˈjəŋ(k)-shən\

law : an order from a court of law that says something must be done or must not be done

Full Definition of INJUNCTION

:  the act or an instance of enjoining :  order, admonition
:  a writ granted by a court of equity whereby one is required to do or to refrain from doing a specified act
in·junc·tive \-ˈjəŋ(k)-tiv\ adjective

Examples of INJUNCTION

  1. The group has obtained an injunction to prevent the demolition of the building.
  2. <in the cult there were injunctions for and against everything, as nothing was a matter of personal choice>


Middle English injunccion, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French enjunxion, from Late Latin injunction-, injunctio, from Latin injungere to enjoin — more at enjoin
First Known Use: 15th century

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Rhymes with INJUNCTION


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In civil proceedings, a court order compelling a party to do or to refrain from doing a specified act. It is an equitable remedy for harm for which no adequate remedy exists in law. Thus it is used to prevent a future harmful action (e.g., disclosing confidential information, instituting a national labour strike, or violating a group's civil rights) rather than to compensate for an injury that has already occurred. It also provides relief from harm for which an award of money damages is not a satisfactory solution. A defendant who violates an injunction may be cited for contempt. See also equity.


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