Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of observing; taking a patient look
  2. (noun, event) a formal event performed on a special occasion
  3. (noun, cognition) the act of noticing or paying attention
  4. (noun, act) conformity with law or custom or practice etc.

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Antonyms of Observance


Origin of the word Observance

  1. early 13c., "act performed in accordance with prescribed usage," esp. a religious or ceremonial one," from O.Fr. observance, from L. observantia "act of keeping customs, attention," from observantem (nom. observans), prp. of observare (see observe). Observance is the attending to and carrying out of a duty or rule. Observation is watchi… more

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