From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44 [gcide]:
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.
Note: Acts of Parliament are sometimes called ordinances; also, certain colonial laws and certain acts of Congress under Confederation; as, the ordinance of 1787 for the government of the territory of the United States northwest of the Ohio River; the colonial ordinance of 1641, or 1647. This word is often used in Scripture in the sense of a law or statute of sovereign power. --Ex. xv. 25. --Num. x. 8. --Ezra iii. 10. Its most frequent application now in the United States is to laws and regulations of municipal corporations. --Wharton (Law Dict.).
From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:
90 Moby Thesaurus words for "ordinance": act, appointment, bill, brevet, bull, bylaw, canon, ceremonial, ceremony, code, commandment, convention, declaration, decree, decree-law, decreement, decretal, decretum, dictate, dictation, dictum, diktat, duty, edict, edictum, enactment, fiat, form, form of worship, formality, formula, formulary, function, general principle, golden rule, guideline, guiding principle, holy rite, imperative, institution, ipse dixit, jus, law, legislation, lex, liturgy, maxim, measure, mitzvah, mode of worship, moral, mystery, norm, observance, office, order of worship, ordonnance, practice, precept, prescribed form, prescript, prescription, principium, principle, proclamation, pronouncement, pronunciamento, regulation, rescript, rite, ritual, ritual observance, rituality, rubric, rule, ruling, sacrament, sacramental, senatus consult, senatus consultum, service, settled principle, solemnity, standard, standing order, statute, tenet, ukase, working principle, working rule
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