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

nonordination, noun
postordination, adjective
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ordination (ˌɔːdɪˈneɪʃən)
1.  a.  the act of conferring holy orders
 b.  the reception of holy orders
2.  the condition of being ordained or regulated
3.  an arrangement or order

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early 15c., "the act of conferring holy orders," from M.Fr. ordinacion (12c.), from L. ordinationem (nom. ordinatio) "a setting in order, ordinance," from ordinatus, pp. of ordinare "arrange" (see ordain).
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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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Example sentences
Ordination as a minister took place quite apart from and after bachelor of arts studies.
The tale underlines the importance of policy co-ordination.
Another area of concern is regulatory co-ordination.
Participants in the courses praise the results, while complaining about the
  lack of focus and co-ordination among some providers.
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