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Meaning of ORDINANCE

Pronunciation:  'ordnuns

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders; "the rabbi's family was present for his ordination"
  2. [n]  a statute enacted by a city government
  3. [n]  an authoritative rule

ORDINANCE is a 9 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: ordination, regulation
 See Also: age limit, appointment, assignment, assize, designation, holy orders, laying on of hands, legislative act, naming, prescript, rule, speed limit, statute



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Or"di*nance\, n. [OE. ordenance, OF. ordenance, F.
ordonnance. See {Ordain}, and cf. {Ordnance}, {Ordonnance}.]
1. Orderly arrangement; preparation; provision. [Obs.]

         They had made their ordinance Of victual, and of
         other purveyance.                     --Chaucer.

2. A rule established by authority; a permanent rule of
   action; a statute, law, regulation, rescript, or accepted
   usage; an edict or decree; esp., a local law enacted by a
   municipal government; as, a municipal ordinance.

         Thou wilt die by God's just ordinance. --Shak.

         By custom and the ordinance of times. --Shak.

         Walking in all the commandments and ordinances of
         the Lord blameless.                   --Luke i. 6.

Note: Acts of Parliament are sometimes called ordinances;
      also, certain colonial laws and certain acts of
      Congress under Confederation; as, the ordinance of 1787
      for the government of the territory of the United
      States northwest of the Ohio River; the colonial
      ordinance of 1641, or 1647. This word is often used in
      Scripture in the sense of a law or statute of sovereign
      power. --Ex. xv. 25. --Num. x. 8. --Ezra iii. 10. Its
      most frequent application now in the United States is
      to laws and regulations of municipal corporations.
      --Wharton (Law Dict.).

3. (Eccl.) An established rite or ceremony.

4. Rank; order; station. [Obs.] --Shak.

5. [See {Ordnance}.] Ordnance; cannon. [Obs.] --Shak.

Legal Dictionary
 Definition: A rule established by authority; may be a municipal statute of a city council, regulating such matters as zoning, building, safety, matters of municipality, etc.
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