- recognition of or compliance with a law, custom, practice, etc
- a ritual, ceremony, or practice, esp of a religion
- observation or attention
- the degree of strictness of a religious order or community in following its rule
- archaic respectful or deferential attention
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- the action of following, obeying, or complying with a law, custom, etc.
- a celebration by ceremonies, practices, etc.:the observance of the Sabbath.
- an act or instance of watching;
- an act or instance of following, obeying, or conforming to:the observance of traffic laws.
- a keeping or celebration by appropriate procedure, ceremonies, etc.:the observance of the Sabbath.
- a procedure, ceremony, or rite, as for a particular occasion:patriotic observances.
- a rule or custom to be followed or obeyed;
a customary practice.
- Religion[Rom. Cath. Ch.]
- Religiona rule or discipline for a religious house or order.
- Religiona house or order observing a rule or discipline.
- an act or instance of watching, noting, or perceiving;
- respectful attention or service.
- [Archaic.]courteous attention as to a person;
- Late Latin observantia, Latin: esteem, attention, derivative of observant- (stem of observāns), present participle of observāre. See observe, -ance
- Old French
- Middle English observaunce 1175–1225
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged compliance, adherence, heedfulness.