enjoin

verb
en·​join | \ in-ˈjȯin How to pronounce enjoin (audio) , 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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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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Lower courts may enjoin a national emergency declaration, and Mr. Trump could then blame liberal judges for blocking his wall. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Presidential Emergency," 10 Jan. 2019 Tom Perez’s overtime rule encouraged employers to cut worker hours before it was enjoined in November 2016. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Real Cure for Economic Insecurity," 16 Jan. 2019 The plaintiffs will likely find some federal judge to enjoin the emergency declaration, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals may well agree. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Political Emergency," 14 Feb. 2019 Trump’s promised executive order would be challenged in the courts and likely enjoined until the case was resolved. Salvador Rizzo, The Seattle Times, "Fact-checking Trump’s talk on birthright citizenship, military at the border," 31 Oct. 2018 EBay asked in the claim to permanently enjoin Amazon from misusing its messaging system and for monetary relief in the form of unspecified damages. Laura Stevens, WSJ, "EBay Sues Amazon, Alleging Sellers Were Illegally Poached," 17 Oct. 2018 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

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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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enjoin

verb

English Language Learners Definition of enjoin

formal
: 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 How to pronounce enjoin (audio) \

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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