1. A temporary injunction issued before or during trial to prevent an irreparable injury from occurring before the court has a chance to decide the case. A preliminary injunction will be issued only after the defendant receives notice and an opportunity to be heard. — aka
interlocutory injunction; temporary injunction; provisional injunction; injunction pendente lite. Cf. ex parte injunction; TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER. 
1. An injunction granted prior to a hearing on the merits, being in no way dependent upon which hearing, its purpose being merely to preserve the status quo until the final hearing on the merits. 28 Am J Rev ed Inj § 12.
In some jurisdictions, the term “injunction” means a preliminary, as distinguished from a final injunction, the latter being considered merely as a decree in equity.
See temporary injunction. 
1. An injunctions granted prior to a full hearing on the merits. its purpose is o preserve the status quo until the final hearing. A preliminary injunction is also referred to as a provisional injunction or temporary injunction.
Compare permanent injunction. 
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