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What is the difference between ordinance
is a noun denoting an authoritative rule or regulation.
- Slavery was abolished by a royal ordinance in 1897.
is a mass noun referring to military materiel or artillery.
- Do not touch any military ordnance that may be found lying around this area.
The noun ordinance
is an authoritative order or regulation.
- No law or ordinance is mightier than understanding. (Plato)
- Law: an ordinance of reason for the common good, made by him who has care of the community. (Thomas Aquinas)
The mass noun ordnance
refers to military materiel (e.g., weapons, ammunition, fuel).
- The guns are a new and impressive addition of ordnance.
- Military aircrafts can be used to carry a wide variety of ordnance.
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