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ordinance (n.)

c. 1300, ordinaunce, "an authoritative direction, decree, or command" (narrower or more transitory than a law), from Old French ordenance (Modern French ordonnance) or directly from Medieval Latin ordinantia, from Latin ordinantem (nominative ordinans), present participle of ordinare "put in order," from ordo (genitive ordinis) "row, rank, series, arrangement" (see order (n.)). By early 14c. senses had emerged of "arrangement in ranks or rows" (especially in order of battle), also "warlike provisions, equipment" (a sense now in ordnance).

updated on September 15, 2019

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Definitions of ordinance from WordNet

ordinance (n.)
an authoritative rule;
Synonyms: regulation
ordinance (n.)
a statute enacted by a city government;
ordinance (n.)
the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders;
Synonyms: ordination
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