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Definition a rule or law — typically enacted by city government

Much more rarely, ordinance can refer to a religious rite or to an authoritative command.
  • The city passed an ordinance to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
ordinance = law
  • The Chicago ordinance required that new streets be laid out with eight streets per mile in one direction and sixteen in the other direction.
  • ordinance = law
  • Dad said they'd been behind the city ordinance limiting dog ownership to two dogs per family.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • ordinance = law
  • While at the time, some of the finer buildings had been lifted and set back, most had been razed and replaced with towers, in accordance with a new ordinance that buildings on first-rate streets stand at least ten stories tall.
    Amor Towles  --  A Gentleman in Moscow
  • ordinance = law
  • A recent city ordinance prohibited any sort of burning, and she worried that the neighbors might call the police.
    Kim Edwards  --  The Memory Keeper's Daughter
  • ordinance = law
  • A small town wants everyone to vote on a local ordinance.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • ordinance = law
  • It deployed smoke inspectors to enforce a new antismoke ordinance.
    Erik Larson  --  The Devil in the White City
  • ordinance = law
  • Opening the book again, Milo found Ordinance 574381-W "In the Doldrums, laughter is frowned upon and smiling is permitted only on alternate Thursdays."
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • ordinance = a rule or law — typically enacted by city government
  • They rejected urban renewal three times because they thought it was a communist plot, and they defeated any number of proposals for historic-zoning ordinances.
    John Berendt  --  Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
  • ordinances = laws
  • "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
  • ordinances = laws
  • 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
  • ordinances = rules
  • 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
  • ordinances = rules or laws
  • Dad lay on the kitchen floor cracking jokes about an ordinance that had recently passed in our little farming village.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • ordinance = rule
  • It's local ordinance 574381-W
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • ordinance = a rule or law — typically enacted by city government
  • It's local ordinance 17.
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • ordinance = rule or law
  • Milo quickly pulled the rule book from his pocket. opened to the page, and read, "Ordinance 1753894 "It shall be unlawful, illegal, and unethical to think, think of thinking, surmise, presume, reason, meditate, or speculate while in the Doldrums."
    Norton Juster  --  The Phantom Tollbooth
  • ordinance = a rule or law — typically enacted by city government
  • They'd proposed other ordinances, too, and now every Sunday Dad came home from church shouting about Myrna and Jay Moyle, and how they were from Monterey or Seattle or wherever and thought they could impose West Coast socialism on the good people of Idaho.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • ordinances = rules enacted by local government
  • 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 I seriously doubt that the locals have any traffic control ordinances.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • 38:33 Knowest thou the ordinances of heaven? canst thou set the dominion thereof in the earth?
    The Bible  --  Job

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