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noun in·junc·tion \in-ˈjəŋ(k)-shən\

Simple Definition of injunction

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of injunction

  1. 1 :  the act or an instance of enjoining :  order, admonition

  2. 2 :  a writ granted by a court of equity whereby one is required to do or to refrain from doing a specified act


play \-ˈjəŋ(k)-tiv\ adjective

Examples of injunction in a sentence

  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>

Did You Know?

Injunction derives, via Anglo-French and Late Latin, from the Latin verb injungere, which in turn derives from jungere, meaning "to join." Like our verb enjoin, injungere means "to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition." (Not surprisingly, enjoin is also a descendant of injungere.) Injunction has been around in English since at least the 15th century, when it began life as a word meaning "authoritative command." In the 16th century it developed a legal second sense applying to a court order. It has also been used as a synonym of conjunction, another jungere descendant meaning "union," but that sense is extremely rare.

Origin and Etymology of injunction

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

INJUNCTION Defined for Kids


noun in·junc·tion \in-ˈjəŋk-shən\

Definition of injunction for Students

  1. :  a court order commanding or forbidding the doing of some act

Law Dictionary


noun in·junc·tion \in-ˈjəŋk-shən\

Legal Definition of injunction

  1. :  an equitable remedy in the form of a court order compelling a party to do or refrain from doing a specified act — compare cease-and-desist order at order 3b, damage, declaratory judgment at judgment 1a, mandamus, specific performance at performance, stay Editor's note: An injunction is available as a remedy for harm for which there is no adequate remedy at law. Thus it is used to prevent a future harmful action rather than to compensate for an injury that has already occurred, or to provide relief from harm for which an award of money damages is not a satisfactory solution or for which a monetary value is impossible to calculate. A defendant who violates an injunction is subject to penalty for contempt. affirmative injunction :  an injunction requiring a positive act on the part of the defendant :  mandatory injunction in this entry final injunction :  permanent injunction in this entry interlocutory injunction :  an injunction that orders the maintenance of the status quo between the parties prior to a final determination of the matter; specifically :  preliminary injunction in this entry mandatory injunction :  an injunction that compels the defendant to do some positive act rather than simply to maintain the situation as it was when the action was brought — compare prohibitory injunction in this entry permanent injunction :  an injunction imposed after a hearing and remaining in force at least until the defendant has complied with its provisions —called also final injunction, perpetual injunction preliminary injunction :  an interlocutory injunction issued before a trial for purposes of preventing the defendant from acting in a way that will irreparably harm the plaintiff's ability to enforce his or her rights at the trial —called also temporary injunction — compare temporary restraining order at order Editor's note: Before a preliminary injunction can be issued, there must be a hearing with prior notice to the defendant. Under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 65, the hearing and the trial may be consolidated. prohibitory injunction :  an injunction that prohibits the defendant from taking a particular action and maintains the positions of the parties until there is a hearing to determine the matter in dispute temporary injunction :  preliminary injunction in this entry

Origin and Etymology of injunction

Middle French injonction, from Late Latin injunction-, injunctio, from Latin injungere to enjoin, from in- in + jungere to join

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