[awr-dn-uhns; French awr-daw-nahns]
noun, plural ordonnances [awr-dn-uhn-siz; French awr-daw-nahns] .
the arrangement or disposition of parts, as of a building, picture, or literary work.
an ordinance, decree, or law.

1635–45; < French, alteration of Old French ordenance ordinance, by influence of donner to give

ordonnant, adjective

ordinance, ordnance, ordonnance.
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ordonnance (ˈɔːdənəns, French ɔrdɔnɑ̃s)
1.  the proper disposition of the elements of a building or an artistic or literary composition
2.  an ordinance, law, or decree, esp in French law
[C17: from Old French ordenance arrangement, influenced by ordonner to order]

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