- an authoritative rule or law; a decree or command.
- a public injunction or regulation: a city ordinance against excessive horn blowing.
- something believed to have been ordained, as by a deity or destiny.
- an established rite or ceremony.
- a sacrament.
- the communion.
Origin of ordinance
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Examples from the Web for ordinance
Call 575-8330 and tell the Fayetteville City Council members and Mayor Jordan to vote ‘no’ on ordinance 119.Michelle Duggar Is Making Transphobic Robocalls
August 19, 2014
On October 2011, the prefecture established an ordinance imposing fines and potential jail time.Japan's Kiddie Porn Empire: Bye-Bye?
Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo
June 3, 2014
C.J. Grisham of OpenCarryTexas.org mostly spoke out against a San Antonio ordinance that outlaws the open carry of loaded weapons.Gun Rights Advocates Descend on the Alamo for a Well-Armed Gun Rally
October 19, 2013
DC, alas, does not have an ordinance against such plants, though local laws against bamboo are apparently rising in popularity.Should Cities Ban Invasive Plants?
February 8, 2013
“With the recent incident out of Sanford, we reviewed the ordinance,” Rodriguez said.Parties Avoid Talk of Trayvon Martin Death in Shadow of Tampa
August 31, 2012
And the sacred "ordinance," with all other proprieties, was left in ruins that day.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
"If there were not an ordinance against the hurling of missiles," finished the widower.The Gentleman From Indiana
"Your Majesty's ordinance as to duelling is receiving our best attention," he assured me.The Prisoner of Zenda
Where is an ordinance about pleasure similar to that about pain to be found in your laws?Laws
It is the old Icelandic ordinance, but it has gone from Iceland.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
- an authoritative regulation, decree, law, or practice
Word Origin and History for ordinance
c.1300, "an authoritative direction, decree, or command" (narrower or more transitory than a law), from Old French ordenance (Modern French ordonnance) or directly from Medieval Latin ordinantia, from Latin ordinantem (nominative ordinans), present participle of ordinare "put in order" (see ordain). By early 14c. senses had emerged of "arrangement in ranks or rows" (especially in order of battle), also "warlike provisions, equipment" (a sense now in ordnance).