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observance

noun ob·ser·vance \əb-ˈzər-vən(t)s\

: the practice of following a custom, rule, law, etc.

: an act that is part of a ceremony or ritual

Full Definition of OBSERVANCE

1
a :  a customary practice, rite, or ceremony <Sabbath observances>
b :  a rule governing members of a religious order
2
:  an act or instance of following a custom, rule, or law <observance of the speed limits>
3
:  an act or instance of watching

Examples of OBSERVANCE

  1. <the observance of this family tradition would make your grandmother very happy>
  2. <observance of the smoking ban in public buildings>

First Known Use of OBSERVANCE

13th century
OBSERVANCE Defined for Kids

observance

noun ob·ser·vance \əb-ˈzər-vəns\

Definition of OBSERVANCE for Kids

1
:  an established practice or ceremony <religious observances>
2
:  an act of following a custom, rule, or law <Careful observance of the speed limit is a wise idea.>

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