A law about parking enacted by local government is an example of an ordinance.
- 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 of ordinanceOld French ordenance from ordener: see ordain
- 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 municipal government.
Origin of ordinanceMiddle 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.
This word is sometimes confused with ordnance, or military weaponry.
From Middle English (ca. 1300), from Old French ordenance (Modern French ordonnance) "decree, command", from Middle Latin ordinantia, from ordinans, the present participle of Latin ordinare "put in order" (whence ordain).
ordinance - Legal Definition