Definitions of injunction

  1. ( law) a judicial remedy issued in order to prohibit a party from doing or continuing to do a certain activity; " injunction were formerly obtained by writ but now by a judicial order"
  2. The act of enjoining; the act of directing, commanding, or prohibiting.
  3. A writ or process, granted by a court of equity, and, insome 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.
  4. A court decision that is intended to prevent harm-- often irreparable harm-- as distinguished from most court decisions, which are designed to provide a remedy for harm that has already occurred. Injunctions are orders that one side refrain from or stop certain actions, such as an order that an abusive spouse stay away from the other spouse or that a logging company not cut down first- growth trees. Injunctions can be temporary, pending a consideration of the issue later at trial ( these are called interlocutory decrees or preliminary injunctions). Judges can also issue permanent injunctions at the end of trials, in which a party may be permanently prohibited from engaging in some conduct-- for example, infringing a copyright or trademark or making use of illegally obtained trade secrets. Although most injunctions order a party not to do something, occasionally a court will issue a " mandatory injunction" to order a party to carry out a positive act-- for example, return stolen computer code.
  5. The act of enjoining or commanding; that which is enjoined or commanded; command, order, or precept; a legal paper to restrain certain proceedings.
  6. Act of enjoining or commanding: an order: a precept: exhortation: a writ of prohibition granted by a court of equity.
  7. Command; precept; writ of prohibition.
  8. The act of enjoining; admonition.
  9. A judicial order prohibiting something.
  10. The act of enjoining, commanding, or ordering; a command, order, or precept; urgent advice; the writ or order of a court of equity whereby a person is required to do a certain thing, or is restrained from doing it.