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Definition of "ordinance" []

  • An authoritative command or order. (noun)
  • A custom or practice established by long usage. (noun)
  • A Christian rite, especially the Eucharist. (noun)
  • A statute or regulation, especially one enacted by a city government. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "ordinance" in a sentence
  • "[UPDATE: Meant to include this paragraph, but then completely forgot; thanks to David Gerstman (Soccer Dad) for the reminder:] I think this ordinance is also applicable in incorporated towns or cities in the County, since Montgomery County is the same sort of art."
  • "I think this ordinance is addressing a problem that doesn't exist ( "aggressive panhandling" is not my issue downtown) -- unless we're talking about Burgess 'mayoral ambitions (and, hey McGinn, way to set up a preview of the next election by vetoing this)."
  • "And this ordinance is about specific behavior that violates the rights of others, especially vulnerable people like women and the elderly to be free from behavior that violates their right to be free from fear as they walk the streets."