observance

Observance is when you obey a rule or law, or follow a long-standing tradition. If your religious observance requires you to fast for several days, you might ask your track coach to let you sit out a race.

Observance of traffic laws will usually keep you from getting expensive speeding tickets. And, practicing a religion usually includes various kinds of observance, from attending church or temple to wearing certain items of clothing. You can also use this noun to mean "watching or noticing," like a bird watcher's careful observance of a bush where he once spotted a rare finch — although this is more commonly called observation.

Primary Meanings of observance

1.
n
conformity with law, custom, practice, etc.
2.
n
the act of observing; taking a patient look
Full Definitions of observance
1

n conformity with law, custom, practice, etc.

Synonyms:
honoring
Antonyms:
nonobservance
a lack of conformity with law or custom or practice etc.
Types:
punctilio
strict observance of formalities
Type of:
abidance, compliance, conformation, conformity
acting according to certain accepted standards

n a formal event performed on a special occasion

Synonyms:
ceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony
Types:
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circumstance
formal ceremony about important occasions
funeral
a ceremony at which a dead person is buried or cremated
hymeneals, nuptials, wedding, wedding ceremony
the social event at which the ceremony of marriage is performed
pageant, pageantry
a rich and spectacular ceremony
dedication
a ceremony in which something (as a building) is dedicated to some goal or purpose
opening
a ceremony accompanying the start of some enterprise
commemoration, memorialisation, memorialization
a ceremony to honor the memory of someone or something
military ceremony
a formal ceremony performed by military personnel
induction, initiation, installation
a formal entry into an organization or position or office
exercise
(usually plural) a ceremony that involves processions and speeches
fire walking
the ceremony of walking barefoot over hot stones or a bed of embers
formalities, formality
a requirement of etiquette or custom
Maundy
a public ceremony on Maundy Thursday when the monarch distributes Maundy money
potlatch
a ceremonial feast held by some Indians of the northwestern coast of North America (as in celebrating a marriage or a new accession) in which the host gives gifts to tribesmen and others to display his superior wealth (sometimes, formerly, to his own impoverishment)
inaugural, inauguration
the ceremonial induction into a position
burial, entombment, inhumation, interment, sepulture
the ritual placing of a corpse in a grave
sky burial
a traditional Tibetan funeral ritual in which the corpse is exposed to the open air to be eaten by sacred vultures
rededication
a new dedication
coronation, enthronement, enthronisation, enthronization, investiture
the ceremony of installing a new monarch
bar mitzvah
(Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 13th birthday of a Jewish boy and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility
bas mitzvah, bat mitzvah, bath mitzvah
(Judaism) an initiation ceremony marking the 12th birthday of a Jewish girl and signifying the beginning of religious responsibility
commencement, commencement ceremony, commencement exercise, graduation, graduation exercise
an academic exercise in which diplomas are conferred
Type of:
affair, function, occasion, social function, social occasion
a vaguely specified social event
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n the act of observing; taking a patient look

Synonyms:
observation, watching
Types:
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monitoring
the act of observing something (and sometimes keeping a record of it)
sighting
the act of observing
stargazing
observation of the stars
landfall
the first sighting of land from the sea after a voyage (or flight over water)
Type of:
look, looking, looking at
the act of directing the eyes toward something and perceiving it visually

n the act of noticing or paying attention

Synonyms:
notice, observation
Types:
mind
attention
remark
explicit notice
Type of:
attending, attention
the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others

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