ordinance

An ordinance is a local law. Many cities have recently passed ordinances making it illegal to smoke indoors or mandatory for pet owners to curb their dogs.

Ordinance can also mean the act of making someone a priest. In both senses, it means a direction or command coming down from a higher authority or an official conference. If you break an ordinance, you'll likely be fined rather than jailed. Remember that an ordinance is a rule meant to keep things in order.

Primary Meanings of ordinance

1.
n
an authoritative rule
2.
n
the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders
Full Definitions of ordinance
1

n an authoritative rule

Synonyms:
regulation
Types:
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game law
a regulation intended to manage or preserve game animals
age limit
regulation establishing the maximum age for doing something or holding some position
assize
the regulation of weights and measures of articles offered for sale
speed limit
regulation establishing the top speed permitted on a given road
Type of:
prescript, rule
prescribed guide for conduct or action

n a statute enacted by a city government

Type of:
legislative act, statute
an act passed by a legislative body
2

n the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders

Synonyms:
ordination
Types:
laying on of hands
laying hands on a person's head to invoke spiritual blessing in Christian ordination
Type of:
appointment, assignment, designation, naming
the act of putting a person into a non-elective position

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