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.
- pre·or·di·nance, noun
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How to use ordinance in a sentence
Since then, the Louisville Metro Council unanimously voted to pass “Breonna’s Law,” an ordinance that bans the use of no-knock warrants.The policing reforms in the Breonna Taylor settlement, explained | Fabiola Cineas | September 17, 2020 | Vox
The ordinance will require that hotels of 200 rooms or more give laid-off employees a chance to apply for positions as they open up before extending offers to others.Morning Report: A Questionable Stat That’s Guiding Reopening | Voice of San Diego | September 9, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The ordinance would not just extend to union workers, but all service and hospitality workers.City to Weigh Measure Giving Laid-Off Hotel Workers First Shot at Open Jobs | Maya Srikrishnan | September 8, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
The ordinance also, though, covers conflicts of interest involving future employers.Barrios Was Paid by Union While Working for Council President | Andrew Keatts and Jesse Marx | September 2, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
In the years that followed, cities began adopting ordinances that instead split land into economic zones, with distinct areas for industrial activity, commercial businesses, multifamily housing and single-family housing.Single-Family Zoning’s Century of Supremacy in San Diego | Andrew Keatts | August 26, 2020 | Voice of San Diego
Call 575-8330 and tell the Fayetteville City Council members and Mayor Jordan to vote ‘no’ on ordinance 119.
Olenicoff was looking to spend $100,000 to $250,000 per the city ordinance requirements.Real Estate Mogul Igor Olenicoff Busted for Art Forgery | Justin Jones | June 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On October 2011, the prefecture established an ordinance imposing fines and potential jail time.
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 | Pete Freedman | October 19, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
DC, alas, does not have an ordinance against such plants, though local laws against bamboo are apparently rising in popularity.
Who, by not observing the ordinance of Covenanting would practically say, that it ought to be abolished?
That State with which the Church could not be connected, so as to enjoy her own privileges, cannot be the ordinance of God.
The friends of truth cannot justifiably persevere in supporting the British Constitution as the ordinance of God.
Why is an evil government at one period viewed as the ordinance of God, and at another as worthy of being overthrown?
Though some approved of them as the ordinance of God, yet, at the Revolution, the nation declared that they were not.
British Dictionary definitions for ordinance
an authoritative regulation, decree, law, or practice
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