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1 the following of a custom, rule, or law
  • the observance of this family tradition would make your grandmother very happy
  • observance of the smoking ban in public buildings

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2 an oft-repeated action or series of actions performed in accordance with tradition or a set of rules
  • some religions require very specific observances on holy days

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3 a state of being aware
  • if you've been doing any significant housecleaning, it has escaped my observance

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The first known use of observance was in the 13th century

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“Observance.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

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