- On that day the king signed three ordinances.
- A city ordinance forbids construction work to start before 8 a.m.
- Let ordinance come as the gods foresay [=foretell] it.
- —William Shakespeare
- observes the ordinance of abstinence during Lent
The town has passed a zoning ordinance limiting construction.
a local ordinance forbids all street parking during snowstorms
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
: a law or regulation made by a city or town government
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to speak or write verbosely and windily
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