observance

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noun ob·ser·vance \əb-ˈzər-vən(t)s\

Definition of observance

  1. 1a :  a customary practice, rite, or ceremony Sabbath observancesb :  a rule governing members of a religious order

  2. 2 :  an act or instance of following a custom, rule, or law observance of the speed limits

  3. 3 :  an act or instance of watching

Examples of observance in a Sentence

  1. the observance of this family tradition would make your grandmother very happy

  2. observance of the smoking ban in public buildings

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First Known Use of observance

13th century


OBSERVANCE Defined for English Language Learners

observance

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Definition of observance for English Language Learners

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

  • : an act that is part of a ceremony or ritual


OBSERVANCE Defined for Kids

observance

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noun ob·ser·vance \əb-ˈzər-vəns\

Definition of observance for Students

  1. 1 :  an established practice or ceremony religious observances

  2. 2 :  an act of following a custom, rule, or law Careful observance of the speed limit is a wise idea.



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