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ordination

[awr-dn-ey-shuh n] /ˌɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
Ecclesiastical. the act or ceremony of ordaining.
2.
the fact or state of being ordained.
3.
a decreeing.
4.
the act of arranging.
5.
the resulting state; disposition; arrangement.
Origin
1350-1400
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
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ordination

/ˌɔːdɪˈneɪʃən/
noun
1.
  1. the act of conferring holy orders
  2. the reception of holy orders
2.
the condition of being ordained or regulated
3.
an arrangement or order
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Word Origin and History for postordination
ordination
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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