ordinance


or·di·nance

noun \ˈrd-nən(t)s, ˈr-də-nən(t)s\

: a law or regulation made by a city or town government

Full Definition of ORDINANCE

1
a :  an authoritative decree or direction :  order
b :  a law set forth by a governmental authority; specifically :  a municipal regulation
2
:  something ordained or decreed by fate or a deity
3
:  a prescribed usage, practice, or ceremony

Examples of ORDINANCE

  1. The town has passed a zoning ordinance limiting construction.
  2. <a local ordinance forbids all street parking during snowstorms>

Origin of ORDINANCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Medieval Latin; Anglo-French ordenance order, disposition, from Medieval Latin ordinantia, from Latin ordinant-, ordinans, present participle of ordinare to put in order — more at ordain
First Known Use: 14th century

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