What does the word ordinance mean?

Usage examples for ordinance

  1. The ordinance would apply to offences committed by subjects of the Empire committed outside its domains, and it was specially emphasized in the explanations of the new law given out that it would apply to foreigners as well as Japanese or Koreans. – Korea's Fight for Freedom by F.A. McKenzie
  2. On the 22nd of May, 1815, Frederick William published an ordinance, declaring that a Representation of the People should be established. – History of Modern Europe 1792-1878 by C. A. Fyffe
  3. 14. Explain the ordinance- issuing power of the President. – Problems in American Democracy by Thames Ross Williamson