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1  —as in:
enjoined us to act
Definition to urge or command someone to do something
  • The organization enjoins its members to recycle waste.
enjoins = urges
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • Her religion enjoins her to treat every person with dignity.
  • enjoins = commands
  • The resolution enjoins members to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • enjoins = urges
  • enjoined
      By holy Lawrence to fall prostrate here,
      To beg your pardon.
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • enjoined = instructed (commanded)
  • I feared the vengeance of the disappointed fiend, yet I was unable to overcome my repugnance to the task which was enjoined me.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • enjoined = urged or commanded upon
  • Of the three precepts of Freemasonry Pierre realized that he did not fulfill the one which enjoined every Mason to set an example of moral life, and that of the seven virtues he lacked two—morality and the love of death.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • enjoined = urged or commanded
  • The frown, the harsh rebuke, the frequent application of the rod, enjoined by Scriptural authority, were used, not merely in the way of punishment for actual offences, but as a wholesome regimen for the growth and promotion of all childish virtues.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • enjoined = commanded
  • At other times in spite of maternal endearments or threats, I had with a child's caprice been accustomed to indulge my feelings of sorrow or anger by crying as much as I felt inclined; but on this occasion there was an intonation of such extreme terror in my mother's voice when she enjoined me to silence, that I ceased crying as soon as her command was given.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • enjoined = urged or commanded
  • Every man can understand it, but to conceive it and enjoin it was possible only for God.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • enjoin = command
  • "Don't mention it," he enjoined me eagerly.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
enjoined = urged

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2  —as in:
enjoined us from acting
Definition to prohibit someone from doing something
  • Environmentalist seek to enjoin the drilling on the grounds that it is unnecessary and dangerous.
enjoin = prohibit
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The state requested that the Supreme Court enjoin the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision to block parts of the law.
  • enjoin = prohibit
  • The organization further requested that the court issue an injunction to enjoin enforcement of the rule until the lawsuit is settled.
  • enjoin = prohibit
  • Church canons generally enjoin baptizing an infant unless at least one of the parents will raise the child in the Catholic faith.
enjoin = prohibit

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