Ordinance

Definition of Ordinance

Or´di`nance
n.1.
1.Orderly arrangement; preparation; provision.
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.
3.(Eccl.) An established rite or ceremony.
4.Rank; order; station.
5.Ordnance; cannon.

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