ordinance

[ awr-dn-uhns ]
/ ˈɔr dn əns /

noun

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.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. an established rite or ceremony.
  2. a sacrament.
  3. 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

Related forms

pre·or·di·nance, noun

Can be confused

ordinance ordnance ordonnance
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ordinance

/ (ˈɔːdɪnəns) /

noun

an authoritative regulation, decree, law, or practice

Word Origin for ordinance

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