Definition of ordinance noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈɔːdɪnəns//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɔːrdɪnəns//
[countable, uncountable] (formal)
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an order or a rule made by a government or somebody in a position of authority Word OriginMiddle English (also in the sense ‘arrangement in ranks’): from Old French ordenance, from medieval Latin ordinantia, from Latin ordinare ‘put in order’, from ordo, ordin- ‘row, series, rank’.
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