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ordinance

[awr-dn-uh ns] /ˈɔr dn əns/
noun
1.
an authoritative rule or law; a decree or command.
2.
a public injunction or regulation:
a city ordinance against excessive horn blowing.
3.
something believed to have been ordained, as by a deity or destiny.
4.
Ecclesiastical.
  1. an established rite or ceremony.
  2. a sacrament.
  3. the communion.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English ordinaunce (< Old French ordenance) < Medieval Latin ordinantia, derivative of Latin ordinant- (stem of ordināns), present participle of ordināre to arrange. See ordination, -ance
Related forms
preordinance, noun
Can be confused
ordinance, ordnance, ordonnance.
Synonyms
1,2. order.
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ordinance

/ˈɔːdɪnəns/
noun
1.
an authoritative regulation, decree, law, or practice
Word Origin
C14: from Old French ordenance, from Latin ordināre to set in order
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Word Origin and History for pre-ordinance

ordinance

n.

c.1300, "an authoritative direction, decree, or command" (narrower or more transitory than a law), from Old French ordenance (Modern French ordonnance) or directly from Medieval Latin ordinantia, from Latin ordinantem (nominative ordinans), present participle of ordinare "put in order" (see ordain). By early 14c. senses had emerged of "arrangement in ranks or rows" (especially in order of battle), also "warlike provisions, equipment" (a sense now in ordnance).

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