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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
References in classic literature ?
She justifies her action, asserting that she was bound to obey the eternal laws of right and wrong in spite of any human ordinance.
Upon which the bishop had been constrained to recite to him the ordinance of Legate Odo, which excepts certain great dames,
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.
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 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.
They came to the hall, on a dark street-corner, ostensibly the quarters of an athletic club, but in reality an institution designed for pulling off fights and keeping within the police ordinance.
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.
Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first colony in the Northerne Parts of Virginia; doe, by these Presents, solemnly and mutually in the Presence of God and one of another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civill Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid; And by Virtue hereof do enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equall Laws, Ordinances, Acts, Constitutions, and Offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meete and convenient for the Generall Good of the Colonie; unto which we promise all due Submission and Obedience.
On applying for admittance, he was arrested as a necessitator of ordinances, and taken before the King.
He killed all the malcontents who were able to injure him, and strengthened himself with new civil and military ordinances, in such a way that, in the year during which he held the principality, not only was he secure in the city of Fermo, but he had become formidable to all his neighbours.