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English definition of “observance”

observance

noun [C or U]     /əbˈzɜː.vəns/ US  /-ˈzɝː-/ formal
the act of obeying a law or following a religious custom : religious observances such as fasting Religious practicesObeying and breaking the lawObedient and compliantDisobedientBad and wrong behaviour
(Definition of observance noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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