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The arrangement of elements in a literary or artistic composition or an architectural plan.
[French, variant of Old French ordenance, an arranging; see ordinance.]
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ordonnance(ˈɔːdənəns; French ɔrdɔnɑ̃s)
1. (Art Terms) the proper disposition of the elements of a building or an artistic or literary composition
2. (Law) an ordinance, law, or decree, esp in French law
[C17: from Old French ordenance arrangement, influenced by ordonner to order]
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or•don•nance(ˈɔr dn əns; Fr. ɔr dɔˈnɑ̃s)
n., pl. -don•nanc•es (-dn ən sɪz; Fr. -dɔˈnɑ̃s)
the arrangement or disposition of parts, as of a building, picture, or literary work.
[1635–45; < French, alter. of Old French ordenance ordinance, by influence of donner to give]
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