- 1The practice of observing the requirements of law, morality, or ritual: strict observance of the rules the decline in religious observanceMore example sentences
- It has become the object of a global cult, and the money which it absorbs from the world is a from of practical worship, a daily puja, the ritual observance of its omnipotence.
- I did not understand that God did not merely require the outward observance of certain rituals but rather a clean heart and a holy life.
- In the management of its global operations, IBM the world's largest computer maker has been well known for its strict observance of clean business ethics.
- 1.1 [count noun] (usually observances) An act performed for religious or ceremonial reasons: official anniversary observancesMore example sentences
- Guyanese American cultural traditions have been preserved by the religious observances of weddings, baptisms, and funerals.
- Many religions go through ceremonies or observances of rituals to become pure or to be healed.
- Lamas (religious leaders) skilled in rituals perform the necessary religious observances.
- 1.2 [count noun] A rule to be followed by a religious order: he drew up a body of monastic observancesMore example sentences
- This provides for all religious observances including fasting and Hajj to occur in all seasons during a person's life.
- They had some institutions of religious observances, including public prayers and fasts.
- Embrace religious vows, rules and observances and never waver in fulfilling them.
- 2The action of watching or noticing something: the baby’s motionless observance of meMore example sentences
- Standing by her, eye to eye, he could see the tower in the distance behind her that he had noticed from his last observance.
- I looked at him, searching for an elusive answer in my head, a witty reply to such careful observance.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin observantia, from observant- 'watching, paying attention to', from the verb observare (see observe).