ordinance

[awr-dn-uhns]
noun
1.
an authoritative rule or law; a decree or command.
2.
a public injunction or regulation: a city ordinance against excessive horn blowing.
3.
something believed to have been ordained, as by a deity or destiny.
4.
Ecclesiastical.
a.
an established rite or ceremony.
b.
a sacrament.
c.
the communion.

Origin:
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

preordinance, noun

ordinance, ordnance, ordonnance.


1,2. order.
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ordinance (ˈɔːdɪnəns)
 
n
an authoritative regulation, decree, law, or practice
 
[C14: from Old French ordenance, from Latin ordināre to set in order]

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ordinance
c.1300, "an authoritative direction, decree, or command" (narrower or more transitory than a law), from O.Fr. ordenance, from M.L. ordinantia, from L. ordinantem (nom. ordinans), prp. 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).
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Example sentences
Claims were also made that the ordinance was simply a way for the township to
  gain extra cash without resorting to new taxes.
But some who oppose the ordinance say that there are other, deeper,
  ramifications.
The government also quietly adopted a new counter-terrorism ordinance last
  month, without debate.
What followed was over five years of small-town politics and zoning ordinance
  red tape.
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