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ordinance

noun [C]
 
 
/ˈɔːdɪnəns/ LAW, GOVERNMENT
a law, usually one made by a city or regional government: The ordinance would require apartment managers to verify that renters are US citizens. Under the ordinance, a municipal court judge also will have the right to suspend offenders from driving for six months. a city/county/local ordinance a zoning/restriction/immigration ordinancepass/approve/enforce an ordinance After town-hall meetings, the city passed an ordinance that limits the number of chain restaurants.
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