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  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈd͡ʒʌnk.ʃən/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌŋkʃən


injunction (plural injunctions)

  1. The act of enjoining; the act of directing, commanding, or prohibiting.
  2. That which is enjoined; such as an order, mandate, decree, command, precept.
    • 1921 [1919], H. L. Mencken, chapter 39, in The American Language, 2nd edition, New York: Alfred A. Knopf, →ISBN, →OCLC, page 262:
      Its verbs are conjugated in a way that defies all the injunctions of the grammar books; it has its contumacious rules of tense, number and case; []
    • September 8 2022, Stephen Bates, “Queen Elizabeth II obituary”, in The Guardian[1]:
      At the end of the Falklands war two years earlier too, the Queen, whose second son, Andrew, had served as a helicopter pilot with the task force, was singularly untriumphalist and showed no inclination to follow her prime minister’s injunction to rejoice at victory.
  3. (law) A writ or process, granted by a court of equity, and, in some cases, under statutes, by a court of law, whereby a party is required to do or to refrain from doing certain acts, according to the exigency of the writ.
    Coordinate term: declaratory judgment
    • 2012 April 19, Josh Halliday, “Free speech haven or lawless cesspool – can the internet be civilised?”, in The Guardian[2]:
      Southwark council, which took out the injunction against Matt, believes YouTube has become the "new playground" for gang members.

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  • The verb associated with this word is enjoin. Injunct is also sometimes used as a synonym.

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