- The definition of an ordinance is a rule or law enacted by local government.
A law about parking enacted by local government is an example of an ordinance.
ordinance definition by Webster's New World
- a direction or command of an authoritative nature
- that which is held to be a decree of fate or of a deity
- an established or prescribed practice or usage, esp. a religious rite
- ☆ a governmental, now esp. municipal, statute or regulation
Origin: Old French ordenance ; from ordener: see ordain
ordinance definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An authoritative command or order.
- A custom or practice established by long usage.
- A Christian rite, especially the Eucharist.
- A statute or regulation, especially one enacted by a city government.
Origin: Middle English ordinaunce, from Old French ordenance, from Medieval Latin ōrdinantia, from Latin ōrdināns, ōrdinant-, present participle of ōrdināre, to ordain, from ōrdō, ōrdin-, order; see ar- in Indo-European roots.
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