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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


Short "hint"

A law or rule.

Usage examples (32)
  • The city passed an ordinance that forbade tap dancing after two a.m.
  • This week he called the ordinance "plum ridiculous."
  • Whose ordinance is just and whose justice cannot fail.
  • This prestige-driven ordinance is a dragnet, of sorts. for more
Tutoring comment
  • An ordinance is a rule or city regulation; while ordnance is military supplies.
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