Enjoin En*join", v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Enjoined}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Enjoining}.] [F. enjoindre, L. injungere to join into, charge, enjoin; in + jungere to join. See {Join}, and cf. {Injunction}.] 1. To lay upon, as an order or command; to give an injunction to; to direct with authority; to order; to charge. [1913 Webster]

High matter thou enjoin'st me. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

I am enjoined by oath to observe three things. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. (Law) To prohibit or restrain by a judicial order or decree; to put an injunction on. [1913 Webster]

This is a suit to enjoin the defendants from disturbing the plaintiffs. --Kent. [1913 Webster]

Note: Enjoin has the force of pressing admonition with authority; as, a parent enjoins on his children the duty of obedience. But it has also the sense of command; as, the duties enjoined by God in the moral law. ``This word is more authoritative than direct, and less imperious than command.'' --Johnson. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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