[ awr-dn-ey-shuh n ]
/ ˌɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən /


Ecclesiastical. the act or ceremony of ordaining.
the fact or state of being ordained.
a decreeing.
the act of arranging.
the resulting state; disposition; arrangement.

Nearby words

  1. ordinary shares,
  2. ordinary stock,
  3. ordinary wave,
  4. ordinary-language philosophy,
  5. ordinate,
  6. ordn.,
  7. ordnance,
  8. ordnance datum,
  9. ordnance survey,
  10. ordo

Origin of ordination

1350–1400; Middle English ordinacioun < Late Latin ōrdinātiō ordainment, Latin: a putting in order, appointment, equivalent to ōrdinā(re) to order, arrange (derivative of ōrdō, stem ōrdin-, order) + -tiō -tion

Related formsnon·or·di·na·tion, nounpost·or·di·na·tion, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for non-ordination


/ (ˌɔːdɪˈneɪʃən) /


  1. the act of conferring holy orders
  2. the reception of holy orders
the condition of being ordained or regulated
an arrangement or order
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Word Origin and History for non-ordination



early 15c., "the act of conferring holy orders," from Old French ordinacion (12c.) or directly from Latin ordinationem (nominative ordinatio) "a setting in order, ordinance," noun of action from past participle stem of ordinare "arrange" (see ordain).

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