Definition of ordinance
1a : an authoritative decree or direction : order On that day the king signed three ordinances.b : a law set forth by a governmental authority; specifically : a municipal regulation A city ordinance forbids construction work to start before 8 a.m.
2 : something ordained or decreed by fate or a deity Let ordinance come as the gods foresay [=foretell] it. — William Shakespeare
3 : a prescribed usage, practice, or ceremony observes the ordinance of abstinence during Lent
Examples of ordinance in a Sentence
The town has passed a zoning ordinance limiting construction.
a local ordinance forbids all street parking during snowstorms
Recent Examples of ordinance from the Web
The deal couldn't be finalized, however, because councilwoman Jennifer Miller objected to suspending the council's rules to ratify the ordinance.
All property zoned heavy industrial - about 863 acres - was rezoned light manufacturing, according to the ordinance approved by the Birmingham City Council on Tuesday.
Whether the ordinance would allow activists to halt the county’s project is somewhat unclear.
Religious discrimination in the U.S. often happens in the most quotidian settings, including debates over zoning ordinances.
In regular session, the council held a hearing and introduced an ordinance to prohibit all commercial marijuana activities, including cultivation, processing, delivery and dispensary activities in the city.
Miami Beach ordinances allow for vacation and short-term rentals (less than six months and one day) in certain zoning districts, but they are banned in all single-family homes and in a number of zoning districts.
Work was allowed to resume when the county tweaked the ordinance, which sparked a lawsuit filed by Camas County residents.
The Skokie Village Board approved a similar ordinance.
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Origin and Etymology of ordinance
Synonym Discussion of ordinance
ORDINANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ordinance for English Language Learners
: a law or regulation made by a city or town government
ORDINANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of ordinance for Students
: a law or regulation especially of a city or town
Legal Definition of ordinance
: an authoritative decree or law; especially : a municipal regulation a zoning ordinance
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