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Ordinance

Or´di`nance
n.1.
1.Orderly arrangement; preparation; provision.
They had made their ordinance
Of victual, and of other purveyance.
- Chaucer.
2.A rule established by authority; a permanent rule of action; a statute, law, regulation, rescript, or accepted usage; an edict or decree; esp., a local law enacted by a municipal government; as, a municipal ordinance.
Thou wilt die by God's just ordinance.
- Shak.
By custom and the ordinance of times.
- Shak.
3.(Eccl.) An established rite or ceremony.
4.Rank; order; station.
5.Ordnance; cannon.
Noun1.ordinance - an authoritative rule
Synonyms: regulation
2.ordinance - a statute enacted by a city government
3.ordinance - the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving) holy orders; "the rabbi's family was present for his ordination"
Synonyms: ordination

ORDINANCE, legislation. A law, a statute, a decree.
     2. This word is more usually applied to the laws of a corporation, than to the acts of the legislature; as the ordinances of the city of Philadelphia. The following account of the difference between a statute and an ordinance is extracted from Bac. Ab. Statute, A. "Where the proceeding consisted only of a petition from parliament, and an answer from the king, these were entered on the parliament roll; and if the matter was of a public nature, the whole was then styled an ordinance; if, however, the petition and answer were not only of a public, but a novel nature, they were then formed into an act by the king, with the aid of his council and judges, and entered on the statute roll." See Harg. & But. Co. Litt. l59 b, notis; 3 Reeves, Hist. Eng. Law, 146.
     3. According to Lord Coke, the difference between a statute and an ordinance is, that the latter has not had the assent of the king, lords, and commons, but is made merely by two of those powers. 4 Inst. 25. See Barr. on Stat. 41, note (x).

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