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Mathematics. The ordinate of a point.
Of a person or thing: able to order or direct; that orders, arranges, or regulates.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). Either from Middle French ordinant, present participle of ordiner ordain, or from classical Latin ōrdinant-, ōrdināns, present participle of ōrdināre ordain.
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