One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An authoritative warning or order.
order, ruling, direction, directive, command, instruction, demandView synonyms
- ‘This discourse was partly inspired by the Qur'anic injunctions concerning peace.’
- ‘More importantly, under the new procedure, declarations and injunctions are merely alternative remedies.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The public doesn't expect praise for refraining from pogroms, but nor does it expect ceaseless injunctions to abstain from them.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Ancient traditions and rituals tend to abound with precepts and injunctions.’
- ‘One reason is that Islamic economic injunctions have only existed in theory and have never actually been put into practice.’
- ‘Of course, in particular situations conflicts might emerge between different divine injunctions.’
- ‘However, Muslim teachers quickly said acceptance of secularism is a rejection of Allah's injunctions, it is atheistic and a rejection of Islam.’
- ‘Even the injunctions of destiny are cancelled if one takes refuge in God.’
- ‘I saw females wearing trousers and wondered at the biblical injunctions which forbade such things.’
- 1.1Law A judicial order that restrains a person from beginning or continuing an action threatening or invading the legal right of another, or that compels 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This is not simply a case about an injunction to restrain threatened future conduct.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin injunctio(n-), from Latin injungere ‘enjoin, impose’.
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