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ordonnance

[awr-dn-uh ns; French awr-daw-nahns] /ˈɔr dn əns; French ɔr dɔˈnɑ̃s/
noun, plural ordonnances
[awr-dn-uh n-siz; French awr-daw-nahns] /ˈɔr dn ən sɪz; French ɔr dɔˈnɑ̃s/ (Show IPA)
1.
the arrangement or disposition of parts, as of a building, picture, or literary work.
2.
an ordinance, decree, or law.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < French, alteration of Old French ordenance ordinance, by influence of donner to give
Related forms
ordonnant, adjective
Can be confused
ordinance, ordnance, ordonnance.
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British Dictionary definitions for ordonnant

ordonnance

/ˈɔːdənəns; French ɔrdɔnɑ̃s/
noun
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
Word Origin
C17: from Old French ordenance arrangement, influenced by ordonner to order
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