From Middle English (ca. 1300), from Old French ordenance (Modern French ordonnance) "decree, command", from Middle Latin ordinantia, from ordinans, the present participle of Latin ordinare "put in order" (whence ordain).
ordinance (plural ordinances)
- A local law, an edict or decree.
- A religious practice or ritual prescribed by the church.
This word is sometimes confused with ordnance, or military weaponry.
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