Definitions for observanceəbˈzɜr vəns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ob•serv•anceəbˈzɜr vəns(n.)

  1. an act or instance of following, obeying, or conforming to a law, custom, etc.

  2. a celebration by appropriate procedure, ceremonies, etc.:

    the observance of the Sabbath.

  3. a procedure, ceremony, or rite, as for a particular occasion.

  4. a rule governing a Roman Catholic religious house or order.

    Category: Religion

  5. an act or instance of watching, noting, or perceiving.

Origin of observance:

1175–1225; < OF < LL, L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. observation, observance, watching(noun)

    the act of observing; taking a patient look

  2. ceremony, ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, observance(noun)

    a formal event performed on a special occasion

    "a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor"

  3. notice, observation, observance(noun)

    the act of noticing or paying attention

    "he escaped the notice of the police"

  4. honoring, observance(noun)

    conformity with law or custom or practice etc.


  1. observance(Noun)

    The practice of complying with a law, custom, command or rule

  2. observance(Noun)

    The custom of celebrating a holiday or similar occasion

  3. observance(Noun)

    Observation or the act of watching

  4. observance(Noun)

    A rule governing a religious order, especially in the Roman Catholic church

Webster Dictionary

  1. Observance(noun)

    the act or practice of observing or noticing with attention; a heeding or keeping with care; performance; -- usually with a sense of strictness and fidelity; as, the observance of the Sabbath is general; the strict observance of duties

  2. Observance(noun)

    an act, ceremony, or rite, as of worship or respect; especially, a customary act or service of attention; a form; a practice; a rite; a custom

  3. Observance(noun)

    servile attention; sycophancy

Translations for observance

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


the act of obeying rules etc

the observance of the law.

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