or·di·nance /'ȯrd-ən-əns/ n: an authoritative decree or law; esp: a municipal regulation
a zoning ordinance

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun authoritative rule, canon, charter, code, command, decree, decretum, direction, edict, edictum, enactment, fiat, imperative, law, legal command, legislation, legislative decree, legislative edict, local law, local legislation, local rule, mandate, maxim, municipal code, municipal regulation, ordainment, order, ordination, prescript, proclamation, regulation, requirement, rule, statute associated concepts: city ordinance, criminal ordinance, local ordinance, municipal ordinance, regulatory ordinance, traffic ordinance, violation of an ordinance, zoning ordinance II index act (enactment), brevet, bylaw, canon, code, codification, dictate, direction (order), directive, edict, enactment, law, precept, prescription (directive), regulation (rule), rubric (authoritative rule), rule (legal dictate), statute, writ

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A law, statute, or rule, usually enacted by a municipal or other local government.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

A law adopted by a town or city council, county board of supervisors, or other municipal governing board. Typically, local governments issue ordinances establishing zoning and parking rules, and regulating noise, garbage removal, and the operation of parks and other areas within the locality's borders.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

n. A local law, usually on the municipality level, that, when fully enacted, has the same effect and force as a statute within that municipality.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A law, statute, or regulation enacted by a municipal corporation.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

A law, statute, or regulation enacted by a municipal corporation.
II A rule established by authority; may be a municipal statute of a city council, regulating such matters as zoning, building, safety, matters of municipality, etc.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   a statute enacted by a city or town.

Law dictionary. . 2013.


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