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Definition of Ordinance

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that which has been ordained; law, statute; regulation; command
Ordinance Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
Chaucer's Middle English Glossary
noun decree, order, arrangement, preparations
Ordinance Definition from Language, Idioms & Slang Dictionaries & Glossaries
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
Rank; order; station.
Ordnance; cannon.
Orderly arrangement; preparation; provision.
An established rite or ceremony.
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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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\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.
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. by custom and the ordinance of times. walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the lord blameless. 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. xv. 25. x. 8. i. 10. its most frequent application now in the united states is to laws and regulations of municipal corporations. (law dict.).
3. (eccl.) an established rite or ceremony.
4. rank; order; station. [obs.]
5. [see ordnance.] ordnance; cannon. [obs.]
1. an authoritative rule [syn: regulation]

2. a statute enacted by a city government
3. the act of ordaining; "the priest's family was present for his ordination" [syn: ordination]

JM Welsh <=> English Dictionary
Deddf = n. statute, law, ordinance
Gosod = n. a placing; a statute, an ordinance; a position; an onset
Gosodedigaeth = n. a proposition, an ordinance
Shakespeare Words
rank, order
WordNet 2.0

1. an authoritative rule
(synonym) regulation
(hypernym) rule, prescript
(hyponym) game law
2. a statute enacted by a city government
(hypernym) legislative act, statute
(derivation) ordain
(classification) law, jurisprudence
3. the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders; "the rabbi's family was present for his ordination"
(synonym) ordination
(hypernym) appointment, assignment, designation, naming
(hyponym) laying on of hands
(part-holonym) holy orders
(derivation) ordain, consecrate, ordinate, order
Ordinance Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
English Wikipedia - The Free Encyclopedia
Ordinance may refer to:

  • By-law, a rule established by an organization to regulate itself
  • Local ordinance, a law made by a municipality or other local authority
  • Act of Parliament, in some jurisdictions, such as England when the parliament operated without regal sanction, and a number of British colonies
    • Royal ordinance, see Decree
  • Ordonnance (French constitutional law), , in French government, a regulation adopted by the executive in a domain normally reserved for statute law
  • Ordinance (Belgium), a law adopted by the Brussels Parliament or the Common Community Commission
  • Ordinance (university), a particular class of internal legislation in a United Kingdom university
  • Ordinance XX, a law passed down in Pakistan which prevents Ahmadi Muslims from being identified as Muslims

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Ordinance Definition from Law Dictionaries & Glossaries
The 'Lectric Law Library
A law, a statute, a decree.

An ordinance is a law enacted by a municipal body, such as a city council or county commission (sometimes called county council or county board of supervisors). Ordinances govern matters not already covered by state or federal laws such as zoning, safety and building regulations.

This word is more usually applied to the laws of a corporation than to the acts of the legislature; as the ordinances of the city of Philadelphia.

Where the proceeding consisted only of a petition from parliament and an answer from the king, these were entered on the parliament roll; and if the matter was of a public nature, the whole was then styled an ordinance; if, however, the petition and answer were not only of a public but a novel nature, they were then formed into an act by the king with the aid of his council and judges and entered on the statute roll."

According to Lord Coke, the difference between a statute and an ordinance is, that the latter has not had the assent of the king, lords, and commons, but is made merely by two of those powers.

This entry contains material from Bouvier's Legal Dictionary, a work published in the 1850's.
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An executive decision of a government which has not been subjected to a legislative assembly (contrary to a statute). It is often detailed and not, as would be a statute, of general wording or application. - (read more on Ordinance)
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