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law, practice, or custom; religious rite
Not to be confused with:
ordnance – military weapons as a whole; heavy guns; artillery
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.
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)
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.
An authoritative regulation or statute, especially one passed by a local authority.
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|Noun||1.||ordinance - an authoritative rule|
game law - a regulation intended to manage or preserve game animals
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|
|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