[ awr-dn-uhns ]
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  1. an authoritative rule or law; a decree or command.

  2. a public injunction or regulation: a city ordinance against excessive horn blowing.

  1. something believed to have been ordained, as by a deity or destiny.

  2. Ecclesiastical.

    • an established rite or ceremony.

    • a sacrament.

    • the communion.

Origin of ordinance

1275–1325; Middle English ordinaunce (<Old French ordenance) <Medieval Latin ordinantia, derivative of Latin ordinant- (stem of ordināns), present participle of ordināre to arrange. See ordination, -ance

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  • pre·or·di·nance, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for ordinance


/ (ˈɔːdɪnəns) /

  1. an authoritative regulation, decree, law, or practice

Origin of ordinance

C14: from Old French ordenance, from Latin ordināre to set in order

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