KJV Dictionary Definition: enjoin


ENJOIN', v.t. L. injungo. See Join. We observe that the primary sense of join is to set, extend or lay to, to throw to or on; otherwise the sense of order or command could not spring from it.To enjoin is to set or lay to or on.

1. To order or direct with urgency; to admonish or instruct with authority; to command. Says Johnson, "this word is more authoritative than direct, and less imperious than command." It 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.

2. In law, to forbid judicially; to issue or direct a legal injunction to stop proceedings.

This is a suit to enjoin the defendants from disturbing the plaintiffs.


ENJOIN'ED, pp. Ordered; directed; admonished with authority; commanded.


ENJOIN'ER, n. One who enjoins.


ENJOIN'ING, ppr. Ordering; directing.


ENJOIN'MENT, n. Direction; command; authoritative admonition.