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[awr-dn-ey-shuh n] /ˌɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən/
Ecclesiastical. the act or ceremony of ordaining.
the fact or state of being ordained.
a decreeing.
the act of arranging.
the resulting state; disposition; arrangement.
1350-1400; Middle English ordinacioun < Late Latin ōrdinātiō ordainment, Latin: a putting in order, appointment = ōrdinā(re) to order, arrange (derivative of ōrdō, stem ōrdin-, order) + -tiō -tion
Related forms
nonordination, noun
postordination, adjective Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for ordination


  1. the act of conferring holy orders
  2. the reception of holy orders
the condition of being ordained or regulated
an arrangement or order
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Word Origin and History for ordination

early 15c., "the act of conferring holy orders," from Old French ordinacion (12c.) or directly from Latin ordinationem (nominative ordinatio) "a setting in order, ordinance," noun of action from past participle stem of ordinare "arrange" (see ordain).

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Encyclopedia Article for ordination

holy orders

in Christian churches, a rite for the dedication and commissioning of ministers. The essential ceremony consists of the laying of hands of the ordaining minister upon the head of the one being ordained, with prayer for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and of grace required for the carrying out of the ministry. The service also usually includes a public examination of the candidate and a sermon or charge concerning the responsibilities of the ministry

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