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as in:  passed the ordinance

A small town wants everyone to vote on a local ordinance.
Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  a rule or law — typically enacted by city government
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ordinance ordinances
This word is often confused with "ordnance" (ammunition, weapons and related materials).
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  • A small town wants everyone to vote on a local ordinance.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Now that the comfort stations were run under military ordinances and the women not professionals but rather those who had unwittingly enlisted or been conscripted into the wartime women’s volunteer corps, to contribute and sacrifice as all did, the expectation was that the various diseases would be kept more or less in check.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • It’s local ordinance 17.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • "They’re bound to have ordinances dealing with this kind of thing."
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread

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  • "Apparently the city ordinances don’t mean anything to them," he says, "because their lights will be on all night."
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • "There is no law, nor reverence for authority, no regard for human ordinances or opinions, right or wrong, mixed up with that child’s composition," remarked he, as much to himself as to his companion.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • She justifies her action, asserting that she was bound to obey the eternal laws of right and wrong in spite of any human ordinance.
    Sophocles  --  Antigone
  • And the city having passed an ordinance requiring them to give transfers, they had fallen into a rage; and first they had made a rule that transfers could be had only when the fare was paid; and later, growing still uglier, they had made another—that the passenger must ask for the transfer, the conductor was not allowed to offer it.
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • So that in spite of edicts, ordinances, and decrees, there he is, captain of the Musketeers; that is to say, chief of a legion of Caesars, whom the king holds in great esteem and whom the cardinal dreads—he who dreads nothing, as it is said.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • It was an ordinance of the Republic One and Indivisible of Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, or Death, that on the door or doorpost of every house, the name of every inmate must be legibly inscribed in letters of a certain size, at a certain convenient height from the ground.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities

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  • A major civil rights bill was passed in 1964, and if it was controversial, it at least nullified a lot of local discriminatory ordinances.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • And when we horsemen be together, look every each of you kings let make such ordinance that none break upon pain of death.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • The old humming soda merchandiser in the corner, the vinyl table covers, the stained plastic cups, the tacky item names on the laminated menus—Caravan Kabob, Khyber Pass Pilaf Silk Route Chicken—the badly framed poster of the Afghan girl from National Geographic, the one with the eyes—like they had passed an ordinance that every single Afghan restaurant had to have her eyes staring back from the wall.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • M. de Vaublanc, the reformer of the Institute by a coup d’etat, the distinguished author of numerous academicians, ordinances, and batches of members, after having created them, could not succeed in becoming one himself.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Now, there is nothing wrong in having an ordinance which requires a permit for a parade.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • And when we horsemen be together, look every each of you kings let make such ordinance that none break upon pain of death.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume I
  • Let the superfluous and lust-dieted man, That slaves your ordinance, that will not see Because he does not feel, feel your power quickly; So distribution should undo excess, And each man have enough.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • On January 9,1861, Mississippi passed the ordinance of secession.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King’s Men
  • I am not a clerk of the court, and I shall not go to law with you for thus carrying a dagger in Paris, in the teeth of the ordinances and prohibitions of M. the Provost.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • That there were some jokers, however, is indicated by the practice of appointing a two-man patrol whose duty was to "walk forth in the time of God’s worship to take notice of such as either lye about the meeting house, without attending to the word and ordinances, or that lye at home or in the fields without giving good account thereof, and to take the names of such persons, and to present them to the magistrates, whereby they may be accordingly proceeded against."
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • He expressed his willingness to listen, and she told the story of the baby’s illness and the extemporized ordinance.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • That feeling lasted for a week, until the town council passed a "no junk in the yard" ordinance at a hastily called meeting.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • And what in human reckoning seems still afar off, may by the Divine ordinance be close at hand, on the eve of its appearance.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • According to Evelyn, "the wise Solomon prescribed ordinances for the very distances of trees; and the Roman praetors have decided how often you may go into your neighbor’s land to gather the acorns which fall on it without trespass, and what share belongs to that neighbor."
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • "What is the use of thinking of laws and ordinances," she burst out, "if they make you miserable when you know you are committing no sin?"
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Hitherto silent, whether the better to show by preternatural gravity that curious dignity of the garb with which he was invested or in obedience to an inward voice, he delivered briefly and, as some thought, perfunctorily the ecclesiastical ordinance forbidding man to put asunder what God has joined.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And this example proves it, for the kingdom of France would be unconquerable if the ordinance of Charles had been enlarged or maintained.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • I departed from that ordinance.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • And I seriously doubt that the locals have any traffic control ordinances.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • You’re in violation of the city ordinance against smoking in that spot.
    Steve Lopez  --  The Soloist
  • Bitter local officials pushed through an ordinance banning automobiles from the Stanford campus and all tourist areas, effectively exiling them from the city.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Seabiscuit
  • Walls were torn out in several apartments before City Hall came down on him for violating fire and zoning ordinances and trying to get industrial current into a residential block.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Catherine had casually pointed it out when they arrived, explaining that there was an ordinance forbidding refuse in the street, which was the main thoroughfare of Tuen Mun.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • These couchings and these lowly courtesies Might fire the blood of ordinary men, And turn pre-ordinance and first decree Into the law of children.
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • For things which might or might not be done she possessed a code at once imperious, abundant, subtle, and uncompromising on points themselves imperceptible or irrelevant, which gave it a resemblance to those ancient laws which combine such cruel ordinances as the massacre of infants at the breast with prohibitions, of exaggerated refinement, against "seething the kid in his mother’s milk," or "eating of the sinew which is upon the hollow of the thigh."
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • This ordinance made King Mark for to destroy Alisander.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • Such, O brethren, are the Great Shastras, or books of sacred ordinances.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • It deployed smoke inspectors to enforce a new antismoke ordinance.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • I went through basic training and ordinance school.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • 38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
    The Bible  --  Job
  • MAYOR (Rubbing his chin) I’ll look it up in the town ordinances.
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • 99:7 He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he gave them.
    The Bible  --  Psalms
  • "He said from now on they’re enforcing the county leash ordinance and we’ll be fined if our dogs are loose."
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • We took pictures, then waved the EOD guys—"explosive ordinance disposal," or bomb disposal experts—in to make sure they were inert.
    Chris Kyle  --  American Sniper
  • But right now the city does it and there’s an ordinance about what time of day or night a restaurant can leave garbage on the street.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • Millennium was not subject to any governmental ordinances or regulations, and he intended to publish the story on day three of Salander’s trial.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest
  • 12:24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.
    The Bible  --  Exodus
  • Either thou wilt die by God’s just ordinance Ere from this war thou turn a conqueror; Or I with grief and extreme age shall perish And never more behold thy face again.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • Wall faulted Bush, as governor of Texas, for not taking action, like cutting off state funds, after the El Cenizo ordinance.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • The Buffalo ordinance against obscene language in a tavern did not qualify as disturbance of the peace, and beating a cop without any intention to escape did not qualify as resisting arrest.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
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