Definitions for ordinationˌɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

or•di•na•tionˌɔr dnˈeɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. the act or ceremony of ordaining as a priest, minister, etc.

    Category: Religion

  2. the fact or state of being ordained.

  3. a decreeing.

  4. the act of arranging.

  5. the resulting state; disposition; arrangement.

Origin of ordination:

1350–1400; ME ordinacioun < LL ōrdinātiō ordainment, L: a putting in order, appointment =ōrdinā(re) to order, arrange (der. of ōrdō, s. ōrdin-, order) +-tiō -tion

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ordination(noun)

    the status of being ordained to a sacred office

  2. ordering, order, ordination(noun)

    logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements

    "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of their presentation"

  3. ordination, ordinance(noun)

    the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders

    "the rabbi's family was present for his ordination"


  1. ordination(Noun)

    The act of ordaining or the state of being ordained.

  2. ordination(Noun)

    The ceremony in which a priest is consecrated.


  1. Ordination

    Ordination is the process by which individuals are consecrated, that is, set apart as clergy to perform various religious rites and ceremonies. The process and ceremonies of ordination varies by religion and denomination. One who is in preparation for, or who is undergoing the process of ordination is sometimes called an ordinand. The liturgy used at an ordination is sometimes referred to as an ordinal.

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the act of making (a person) a priest, minister etc, or the ceremony at which this is done.

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