Definition of injunction in English:



  • 1An authoritative warning or order.

    • ‘Ancient traditions and rituals tend to abound with precepts and injunctions.’
    • ‘The public doesn't expect praise for refraining from pogroms, but nor does it expect ceaseless injunctions to abstain from them.’
    • ‘This discourse was partly inspired by the Qur'anic injunctions concerning peace.’
    • ‘One reason is that Islamic economic injunctions have only existed in theory and have never actually been put into practice.’
    • ‘Commands and injunctions, as I suggested, punctuate the text from the outset.’
    • ‘In the childhood game ‘Simon Says’, those too tardy about following the injunctions of the leader are kicked out of play.’
    • ‘More importantly, under the new procedure, declarations and injunctions are merely alternative remedies.’
    • ‘My previous experiences left me unprepared for the civilized notion that for an hour a day we would be free of all educational injunctions save the one to be quiet.’
    • ‘Of course, in particular situations conflicts might emerge between different divine injunctions.’
    • ‘I saw females wearing trousers and wondered at the biblical injunctions which forbade such things.’
    • ‘Even the injunctions of destiny are cancelled if one takes refuge in God.’
    • ‘However, Muslim teachers quickly said acceptance of secularism is a rejection of Allah's injunctions, it is atheistic and a rejection of Islam.’
    order, ruling, direction, directive, command, instruction, demand
    decree, edict, prescription, dictum, dictate, fiat, mandate, ordainment, enjoinment, exhortation, admonition, precept, ultimatum
    monition, firman, decretal, irade
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    1. 1.1Law A judicial order restraining a person from beginning or continuing an action threatening or invading the legal right of another, or compelling a person to carry out a certain act, e.g. to make restitution to an injured party.
      • ‘He said he was hopeful that the courts would grant injunctions ordering the travellers off the land, but this could not be guaranteed.’
      • ‘The injunctions were issued under authority of Great Britain's new anti-stalking law.’
      • ‘This is not simply a case about an injunction to restrain threatened future conduct.’
      • ‘The council's 15-strong Neighbour Nuisance Unit has helped secure more than 1,600 orders and injunctions against thugs.’
      • ‘The Attorney-General sought an injunction to restrain breach of confidence.’


Late Middle English: from late Latin injunctio(n-), from Latin injungere enjoin, impose.