Ordinance or Ordnance?
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between ordinance and ordnance?
Ordinance is a noun denoting an authoritative rule or regulation.
- Slavery was abolished by a royal ordinance in 1897.
- Do not touch any military ordnance that may be found lying around this area.
OrdinanceThe 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)
OrdnanceThe mass noun ordnance refers to military materiel (e.g., weapons, ammunition, fuel).
- The guns are a new and impressive addition to the fort's ordnance.
- Military aircraft can be used to carry a wide variety of ordnance.