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or·di·nance

 (ôr′dn-əns)
n.
1. An authoritative command or order.
2. A custom or practice established by long usage.
3. A Christian rite, especially the Eucharist.
4. A statute or regulation, especially one enacted by a municipal government.

[Middle English ordinaunce, from Old French ordenance, from Medieval Latin ōrdinantia, from Latin ōrdināns, ōrdinant-, present participle of ōrdināre, to ordain, from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see ar- in Indo-European roots.]

ordinance

(ˈɔːdɪnəns)
n
an authoritative regulation, decree, law, or practice
[C14: from Old French ordenance, from Latin ordināre to set in order]

or•di•nance

(ˈɔr dn əns)

n.
1. an authoritative rule or law; a decree or command.
2. a public injunction or regulation: a city ordinance against excessive horn blowing.
3. something believed to have been ordained, as by a deity or destiny.
4. an established rite or ceremony.
[1275–1325; Middle English ordinaunce (< Old French ordenance) < Medieval Latin ōrdinantia, derivative of Latin ōrdinant- (s. of ōrdināns), present participle of ōrdināre to arrange]

ordinance

- First meant arrangement in ranks or rows.
See also related terms for rows.

ordinance

An authoritative regulation or statute, especially one passed by a local authority.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ordinance - an authoritative rule
game law - a regulation intended to manage or preserve game animals
prescript, rule - prescribed guide for conduct or action
age limit - regulation establishing the maximum age for doing something or holding some position
assize - the regulation of weights and measures of articles offered for sale
speed limit - regulation establishing the top speed permitted on a given road
2.ordinance - a statute enacted by a city government
legislative act, statute - an act passed by a legislative body
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
3.ordinance - the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders; "the rabbi's family was present for his ordination"
appointment, designation, naming, assignment - the act of putting a person into a non-elective position; "the appointment had to be approved by the whole committee"
laying on of hands - laying hands on a person's head to invoke spiritual blessing in Christian ordination
holy order - the sacrament of ordination

ordinance

noun rule, order, law, ruling, standard, guide, direction, principle, command, regulation, guideline, criterion, decree, canon, statute, fiat, edict, dictum, precept ordinances that restrict building development

ordinance

noun
A principle governing affairs within or among political units:
Translations
rozporządzenie
nariadenie

ordinance

[ˈɔːdɪnəns] Ndecreto-ley m, reglamento m

ordinance

n
(= order) (of government)Verordnung f; (Jur) → Anordnung f; (of fate)Fügung f (geh)
(Eccl) (= sacrament)Sakrament nt; (= rite)Ritus m

ordinance

[ˈɔːdɪnəns] n (frm) → ordinanza
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We have a wise ordinance in our Salique laws, which says,
And the city having passed an ordinance requiring them to give transfers, they had fallen into a rage; and first they had made a rule that transfers could be had only when the fare was paid; and later, growing still uglier, they had made another--that the passenger must ask for the transfer, the conductor was not allowed to offer it.
This is the distance by pedometer; the guide-book and the Imperial Ordinance maps make it only ten and a quarter--a surprising blunder, for these two authorities are usually singularly accurate in the matter of distances.
It was an ordinance of the Republic One and Indivisible of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death, that on the door or doorpost of every house, the name of every inmate must be legibly inscribed in letters of a certain size, at a certain convenient height from the ground.
So please you,'' said Ambrose, ``violent hands having been imposed on my reverend superior, contrary to the holy ordinance which I did already quote, and the men of Belial having rifled his mails and budgets, and stripped him of two hundred marks of pure refined gold, they do yet demand of him a large sum beside, ere they will suffer him to depart from their uncircumcised hands.
How unwise, therefore, must be every such self-denying ordinance as serves to prohibit a nation from making use of its own citizens in the manner best suited to its exigencies and circumstances
For this reason, that convention which passed the ordinance of government, laid its foundation on this basis, that the legislative, executive, and judiciary departments should be separate and distinct, so that no person should exercise the powers of more than one of them at the same time.
But a wise ordinance of Nature has decreed that, in proportion as the working-classes increase in intelligence, knowledge, and all virtue, in that same proportion their acute angle (which makes them physically terrible) shall increase also and approximate to the comparatively harmless angle of the Equilateral Triangle.
In one hour after, the ordinance was published in London that no vessel bound for France should leave port, not even the packet boat with letters.
Having provided themselves with a wagon, and a number of empty casks, they sally off, armed with their rifles, into the wilderness, directing their course east, west, north, or south, without any regard to the ordinance of the American government, which strictly forbids all trespass upon the lands belonging to the Indian tribes.
But we may not take up the third sword, which is Mahomet's sword, or like unto it; that is, to propagate religion by wars, or by sanguinary persecutions to force consciences; except it be in cases of overt scandal, blasphemy, or intermixture of practice against the state; much less to nourish seditions; to authorize conspiracies and rebellions; to put the sword into the people's hands; and the like; tending to the subversion of all government, which is the ordinance of God.
He expressed his willingness to listen, and she told the story of the baby's illness and the extemporized ordinance.