Ordinance meaning

ôrdn-əns
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A Christian rite, especially the Eucharist.
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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.

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An authoritative command or order.
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A custom or practice established by long usage.
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A direction or command of an authoritative nature.
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A local law, usually on the municipality level, that, when fully enacted, has the same effect and force as a statute within that municipality.
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That which is held to be a decree of fate or of a deity.
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An established or prescribed practice or usage, esp. a religious rite.
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A local law, an edict or decree.
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A statute or regulation, especially one enacted by a city government.
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A religious practice or ritual prescribed by the church.
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A governmental, now esp. municipal, statute or regulation.
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Origin of ordinance

  • 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 ar- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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).

    From Wiktionary