Definitions for ordinanceˈɔr dn əns
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
or•di•nanceˈɔr dn əns(n.)
an authoritative rule or law; a decree or command.
a public injunction or regulation:
a city ordinance against excessive horn blowing.
something believed to have been ordained, as by a deity or destiny.
an established rite or ceremony.
Origin of ordinance:
1275–1325; ME ordinaunce (< OF ordenance) < ML ōrdinantia, der. of L ōrdinant- (s. of ōrdināns), prp. of ōrdināre to arrange
an authoritative rule
a statute enacted by a city government
the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
"the rabbi's family was present for his ordination"
a local law or regulation.
a religious practice or ritual prescribed by the church.
Origin: From Middle English (ca. 1300), from Old French ordenance (Modern French ordonnance) "decree, command", from Middle Latin ordinantia, from ordinans, the present participle of Latin ordinare "put in order" (whence ordain).
In Mormonism, an ordinance is a religious ritual of special significance, often involving the formation of a covenant with God. Ordinances are performed by the authority of the priesthood and in the name of Jesus Christ. The term has a meaning roughly similar to that of the term "sacrament" in other Christian denominations. There are numerous Latter Day Saint ordinances, many of which are also practiced by other Christian denominations. For example, Mormons practice Baptism, Confirmation and Sacrament. Some ordinances that are unique to Mormonism are usually associated with and performed in LDS temples. These ordinances include the Endowment and sealings.
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