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Topic: LAW

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: ordenance 'arranging', from Latin ordinare; ORDAIN

ordinance

noun
     
or‧di‧nance [countable]
1 American EnglishSCL a law, usually of a city or town, that forbids or restricts an activity:
a city ordinance that says parks must be closed at 11 p.m.
2 an order given by a ruler or governing organization:
a Royal ordinance
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