Definition of ordinance :
1. 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.
2. An established rite or ceremony.
3. Orderly arrangement; preparation; provision.
4. Ordnance; cannon.
5. Rank; order; station.
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instruction (part of speech: noun)
- In the year 1818, the city of Savannah forbade by an ordinance, the instruction of all persons of color, either free or bond, in reading and writing. - "The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus", American Anti-Slavery Society.
- Down south they forced business out into the open, requiring by ordinance that all employees shall be paid in the public square. - "Revisiting the Earth", James Langdon Hill.
- " Whenever," the ordinance read, " any of the said States shall have sixty thousand free inhabitants therein, such State shall be admitted" to the Union. - "Stories of the Badger State", Reuben Gold Thwaites.