If your school begins building a swimming pool on land that does not belong to it, the city might issue an injunction to stop it. An injunction is an official order issued by a judge.

In general injunctions are court ordered settlements or commands. In the United States, judges cannot create laws, but they can require someone to do something or to stop doing something. If you were wrongly fired from a job, a court may issue an injunction to your former employer, requiring him or her to hire you back or pay your back salary.

Definitions of injunction

n (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”
cease and desist order, enjoining, enjoinment
mandatory injunction
injunction requiring the performance of some specific act
final injunction, permanent injunction
injunction issued on completion of a trial
interlocutory injunction, temporary injunction
injunction issued during a trial to maintain the status quo or preserve the subject matter of the litigation until the trial is over
Type of:
ban, prohibition, proscription
a decree that prohibits something

n a formal command or admonition

Type of:
bid, bidding, command, dictation
an authoritative direction or instruction to do something

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