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1. Decree or law promulgated by a state or national government without the consent of the legislature, such as for raising revenue through new taxes or mobilization of resources during an emergency or threat.
2. Local law such as a zoning ordinance enacted by the governing body of a city or municipality which applies only within its boundaries. To have full force and effect of law, an ordinance must not be in conflict with any higher law such as state or national law or constitutional provisions.

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It was city ordinance that did not allow its residents to have large structures or gardens in their front yards.
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Because of the problem the city had with individuals allowing their dogs to roam free at the public parks, an ordinance was passed prohibiting dogs that are not on leashes.
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There was an ordinance preventing my entrepreneurship plan so I had to go through all the legal channels to achieve my dream.
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