What does ordinance mean?

Definitions for ordinance
ˈɔr dn ənsor·di·nance

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word ordinance.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. regulation, ordinancenoun

    an authoritative rule

  2. ordinancenoun

    a statute enacted by a city government

  3. ordination, ordinancenoun

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

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


  1. ordinancenoun

    a local law or regulation.

  2. ordinancenoun

    a religious practice or ritual prescribed by the church.

  3. Etymology: 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).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ordinancenoun

    Etymology: ordonnance, French.

    It seemeth hard to plant any sound ordinance, or reduce them to a civil government; since all their ill customs are permitted unto them. Edmund Spenser, on Ireland.

    Let Richard and Elizabeth,
    The true succeeders of each royal house,
    By God’s fair ordinance conjoin together! William Shakespeare.

    One ordinance ought not to exclude the other, much less to disparage the other, and least of all to undervalue that which is the most eminent. Taylor.

    Things created to shew bare heads,
    When one but of my ordinance stood up,
    To speak of peace or war. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Caves and womby vaultages of France,
    Shall chide your trespass and return your mock,
    In second accent to his ordinance. William Shakespeare, Hen. V.


  1. ordinance

    An ordinance is a piece of legislation enacted by a municipal authority, such as a city or town council, that governs local matters such as zoning, safety regulations, and public conduct. It is a rule or law established by an organization or authority to regulate behavior or procedural practices.


  1. Ordinance

    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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Anagrams for ordinance »

  1. draconine

  2. cerdonian

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ordinance in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ordinance in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of ordinance in a Sentence

  1. Lori Lightfoot:

    So much for Chicago’s ‘Welcoming City Ordinance.’ These Democrat elites are absolute hypocrites, and now their hypocrisy is on full display for the entire nation. Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot have been complaining about a few hundred migrants being bused into self-declared sanctuary city Chicago, then turn around and dump them in the suburbs for Republican mayors to deal with. Instead of complaining about fulfilling their ‘welcoming city’ promises, these Democrat hypocrites should call on President Biden to do his job and secure the border—something the President continues failing to do.

  2. Ayanna Watkins:

    It practically cut and pasted policies out of the police and policy handbook, it would have taken the teeth out of the previous ordinances that were passed like the data transparency ordinance.

  3. David Dewhirst:

    This tax ordinance’s legal and constitutional infirmities are patently obvious, that’s what makes this whole thing so chilling.

  4. Richard Reibstein:

    If a municipality could pass an ordinance of this nature addressed to the ridesharing industry, it could pass an ordinance of this nature against any industry and all industries.

  5. Greg Harris:

    ( iStock) A similar city nudity ordinance had been in effect in Loveland before the September ruling. Krokos informed the officer of how the topless ban law was now unconstitutional, but Effie Krokos recalls him only hearing rumors about Fort Collins, not Loveland, according to the outlet. COLORADO WOMAN ARRESTED IN CONNECTION TO 1996 BABY FAITH COLD CASE MURDER Ive heard rumor of it in Fort Collins but Fort Collins was Fort Collins. But not throughout the state.

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