Definition of ordination in English:


Line breaks: or¦din|ation
Pronunciation: /ɔːdɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n


[mass noun]
1The action of ordaining someone in holy orders: the ordination of women
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  • Behr-Sigel recognizes that Orthodox women are not permitted to preach within the liturgy itself, and that the possibility of ordination to the presbyterate seems a dim prospect.
  • With other controversial issues such as slavery and women's ordination, laity and clergy could find Bible verses to help Spirit-led changes.
  • Lutherans had agreed to the Episcopal practice of ordination by a bishop.
1.1 [count noun] A ceremony in which someone is ordained: they travel to Exeter for an ordination
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  • After their ordinations, parishioners and others will help complete their formation.
  • Lutherans have historically allowed pastors to preside at ordinations when authorized by the candidate's synod bishop.
  • I am reasonably sure the statement would also rule invalid the ordinations of several canonized saints.
2 [count noun] chiefly Ecology A statistical technique in which data from a large number of sites or populations are represented as points in a multidimensional space.
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  • A non-metric multidimensional scaling ordination identified two gradients of species replacement distinguished by differences in forest canopy species and groundcover.
  • The requirements of assembling the ordination are the principal limitation to wide application.
  • Such trends are better displayed by ordination techniques that map the relationship between communities in two- or three-dimensional space.
3 literary The action of decreeing or ordaining.


late Middle English (in the general sense 'arrangement in order'): from Latin ordinatio(n-), from Latin ordinare 'put in order' (see ordain).

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