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ordinance, ordnance

The noun ordinance, spelled with an i, refers to a law or regulation made by a government.

  • The City Council approved an ordinance to prohibit smoking in certain areas.

Ordnance, spelled without an i, refers to military supplies.

  • The aircraft is capable of delivering a wide variety of ordnance, including tactical medical kits and mobile field hospital structures.