observance

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From Old French observance, from Latin observantia. Equivalent of observe +‎ -ance.

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observance (countable and uncountable, plural observances)

  1. The practice of complying with a law, custom, command or rule.
  2. The custom of celebrating a holiday or similar occasion.
  3. Observation or the act of watching.
  4. (religion) A rule governing a religious order, especially in the Roman Catholic church.

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