observance

[ uhb-zur-vuhns ]
/ əbˈzɜr vəns /

noun

Origin of observance

1175–1225; Middle English observaunce < Old French < Late Latin observantia, Latin: esteem, attention, derivative of observant- (stem of observāns), present participle of observāre. See observe, -ance
Related formspre·ob·serv·ance, noun
Can be confusedobservance observation
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observance

/ (əbˈzɜːvəns) /

noun

recognition of or compliance with a law, custom, practice, etc
the act of such recognition
a ritual, ceremony, or practice, esp of a religion
observation or attention
the degree of strictness of a religious order or community in following its rule
archaic respectful or deferential attention
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Word Origin and History for observance

observance


n.

early 13c., "act performed in accordance with prescribed usage," especially a religious or ceremonial one, from Old French observance, osservance "observance, discipline," or directly from Latin observantia "act of keeping customs, attention, respect, regard, reverence," from observantem (nominative observans), present participle of observare (see observe). Observance is the attending to and carrying out of a duty or rule. Observation is watching, noticing.

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