ordinance
noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French ordenance order, disposition, from Medieval Latin ordinantia, from Latin ordinant-, ordinans, present participle of ordinare to put in order — more at ordain Date: 14th century 1. a. an authoritative decree or direction ; order b. a law set forth by a governmental authority; specifically a municipal regulation 2. something ordained or decreed by fate or a deity 3. a prescribed usage, practice, or ceremony Synonyms: see law

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  • ordinance — or·di·nance / ȯrd ən əns/ n: an authoritative decree or law; esp: a municipal regulation a zoning ordinance Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. ordinance …   Law dictionary

  • ordinance — or‧di‧nance [ˈɔːdnəns ǁ ˈɔːrdnəns] noun [countable] LAW a law of a city or town that forbids or restricts an activity: • zoning ordinances that prohibit certain businesses from operating near churches * * * ordinance UK US /ˈɔːdɪnəns/ noun [C]… …   Financial and business terms

  • Ordinance — Or di*nance, n. [OE. ordenance, OF. ordenance, F. ordonnance. See {Ordain}, and cf. {Ordnance}, {Ordonnance}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Orderly arrangement; preparation; provision. [Obs.] Spenser. [1913 Webster] They had made their ordinance Of victual …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ordinance — ordinance, ordnance, ordonnance An ordinance is ‘an authoritative order’, ordnance is ‘a branch of government service dealing with military stores and materials, and ordonnance is ‘a plan or method of literary or artistic competition’ or ‘an… …   Modern English usage

  • ordinance — (n.) c.1300, an authoritative direction, decree, or command (narrower or more transitory than a law), from O.Fr. ordenance (Mod.Fr. ordonnance), from M.L. ordinantia, from L. ordinantem (nom. ordinans), prp. of ordinare put in order (see ORDAIN… …   Etymology dictionary

  • ordinance — canon, precept, *law, rule, regulation, statute …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • ordinance — [n] law, rule authorization, canon, code, command, decree, dictum, direction, edict, enactment, fiat, mandate, order, precept, prescript, reg, regulation, ruling, statute, ukase; concept 318 …   New thesaurus

  • ordinance — ► NOUN formal 1) an authoritative order. 2) a religious rite. 3) N. Amer. a by law. ORIGIN Old French ordenance, from Latin ordinare arrange, ordain …   English terms dictionary

  • ordinance — [ôrd′ n əns] n. [OFr ordenance < ordener: see ORDAIN] 1. a direction or command of an authoritative nature 2. that which is held to be a decree of fate or of a deity 3. an established or prescribed practice or usage, esp. a religious rite ☆ 4 …   English World dictionary

  • ordinance — n. local law 1) to adopt, enact, pass; issue an ordinance 2) to apply, enforce an ordinance 3) to obey, observe an ordinance 4) to repeal, rescind, revoke an ordinance 5) a city, municipal; township ordinance 6) an ordinance that + clause; subj.… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • Ordinance — Not to be confused with Ordnance. Ordinance may refer to: Law Local ordinance, a law made by a municipality or other local authority As acts are called in some jurisdictions, such as England when the parliament operated without regal sanction,… …   Wikipedia

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