en·​join | \in-ˈjȯin, en-\
enjoined; enjoining; enjoins

Definition of enjoin 

transitive verb

1 : to direct or impose by authoritative order or with urgent admonition enjoined us to be careful

2a : 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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for enjoin


ban, bar, forbid, interdict, outlaw, prohibit, proscribe


allow, let, permit, suffer

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command, order, bid, enjoin, direct, instruct, charge mean to issue orders. command and order imply authority and usually some degree of formality and impersonality. command stresses official exercise of authority. a general commanding troops order may suggest peremptory or arbitrary exercise. ordered his employees about like slaves bid suggests giving orders peremptorily (as to children or servants). she bade him be seated enjoin implies giving an order or direction authoritatively and urgently and often with admonition or solicitude. a sign enjoining patrons to be quiet direct and instruct both connote expectation of obedience and usually concern specific points of procedure or method, instruct sometimes implying greater explicitness or formality. directed her assistant to hold all calls the judge instructed the jury to ignore the remark charge adds to enjoin an implication of imposing as a duty or responsibility. charged by the President with a secret mission

What do enjoin and junta Have in Common?

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.

Examples of enjoin in a Sentence

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

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Federal trial and appellate courts have persistently enjoined Mr. Trump’s orders, defying clear Supreme Court precedent supporting his power to limit the entry of aliens. David B. Rivkin Jr. And Lee A. Casey, WSJ, "The Rule of Law Prevails in the Travel-Ban Case," 27 June 2018 The commission asks the court to enjoin Halliburton from discriminating on the basis of national origin and religion. Bloomberg, Houston Chronicle, "Halliburton sued by EEOC for allowing harassment of Muslims," 3 July 2018 The complaint asks the court to declare that FOSTA is unconstitutional and to permanently enjoin the US from enforcing it. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "EFF sues to kill FOSTA, calling it “unconstitutional Internet censorship law”," 29 June 2018 Some courts have enjoined businesses to satisfy WCAG 2.0 AA. Carol Lumpkin And Stephanie Moot, miamiherald, "Is your website ADA-compliant? Avoid becoming a litigation target," 25 June 2018 His public defender, Diane Howard, said the motion asks the court to enjoin the district attorney from taking further DNA, major case prints or body photographs from DeAngelo. Sam Stanton And Nashelly Chavez, sacbee, "Stop taking DNA from East Area Rapist suspect, defense attorney asks court," 2 May 2018 Garcia had enjoined the provisions requiring counties to honor ICE requests to detain for up to 48 hours people suspected of being eligible for deportation even if they were ordered released by a judge or their criminal charges dropped. Jason Buch, San Antonio Express-News, "After SB 4 ruling activists call for local government to take action," 14 Mar. 2018 Roughead broadcast his disbelief in Slater’s guilt from the first, to anyone who would listen, enjoining the most famous detective fiction writer in the world, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, in his cause. Sarah Weinman, The New Republic, "Arthur Conan Doyle, True Detective," 14 June 2018 By mid-December, an all-Democratic cohort of 53 representatives and one senator had filed the lawsuit Dellums v. Bush in an effort to officially enjoin any unilateral executive military action. Kate Keller, Smithsonian, "An Unlikely Hardliner, George H. W. Bush Was Ready to Push Presidential Powers," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of enjoin

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for enjoin

Middle English, from Anglo-French enjoindre, from Latin injungere, from in- + jungere to join — more at yoke

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English Language Learners 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

en·​join | \in-ˈjȯin \

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.

Other Words from enjoin

enjoinable adjective

History and Etymology for 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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