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Dictionary Definition

ordinance

Noun

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

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Pronunciation

Noun

  1. a local law or regulation.
  2. a religious practice or ritual prescribed by the church.

Usage notes

This word is sometimes confused with ordnance, or military weaponry.

Translations

Extensive Definition

Ordinance may refer to:
In religion:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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