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
A new city ordinance barring girls of 17 or younger from working in the JK business may serve only to drive it underground—or onto the internet.
An ordinance from the New York City public park system, which includes 30,000 acres in nearly 2,000 parks, equates the cutting, removing or defacing of trees, plants and flowers with destruction of property.
Joey Jobes, a longtime Havre de Grace waterfowl hunter and decoy carver, in May just days before the council voted on an ordinance to annex Tydings Island and the surrounding waters.
The council held hearings and approved introducing ordinances on EDCO’s request to raise commercial solid waste and recycling rates for 2017-18; and for a Transportation Impact Fee Program to be charged to land developers.
But SB 5 has another insidious purpose: to overturn a St. Louis ordinance that bans employers and landlords from discriminating against people on the basis of their reproductive health decisions.
There’s no ordinance, no proclamation, not so much as a plaque to tell a homeowner of its history.
Leszcz said creating the Arts Council had been talked about for several months before Mayor Moe Craig presented the ordinance in April.
No one in City Hall was aware of any bar losing a liquor license over the ordinance.
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Origin and Etymology 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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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