injunction: a type of remedy that a court may order in commercial litigation or a civil dispute, that restrains or prohibits a party from doing a particular thing or act (although, less commonly, an mandatory injunction can be ordered, requiring a party to positively do a thing or act); for example, where a claimant seeks to recover money from a defendant and has evidence the defendant may dispose of or dissipate his assets so that the claimant will have nothing to recover from the defendant even if he wins his case, the claimant may obtain a freezing injunction prohibiting the defendant from dealing with or disposing of assets; the court’s power to grant an injunction now derives from statute, namely section 37 of the Senior Courts Act 1981; injunctions can be temporary in their effect (an ‘interim injunction’) or permanent (a ‘permanent injunction’).