[ UK /ɒbzˈɜːvəns/ ]
[ US /əbˈzɝvəns/ ]
NOUN
  1. the act of noticing or paying attention
    he escaped the notice of the police
  2. the act of observing; taking a patient look
  3. a formal event performed on a special occasion
    a ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor
  4. conformity with law or custom or practice etc.
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How To Use observance In A Sentence

  • The Hindu fakir would sit for days without food or water, or bury himself alive as a kind of spiritual observance, a separation of mind from body.
  • Croi from time immemorial had been renowned for its devout and strict observance of papistic rites and ceremonies; the Counts of Nassau had gone over to the new sect -- sufficient reasons why Philip of Croi, Duke of Arschot, should prefer a party which placed him the most decidedly in opposition to the Prince of Orange. History of the Revolt of the Netherlands — Volume 02
  • What did Woodsmall think about this denial of basic human rights on the basis of religious observances?
  • But the soldier, who, with proper military observance, continued to have his eye and attention fixed on the Emperor, as the prince whom he was bound to answer or to serve, saw none of the hints, which Achilles at length suffered to become so broad, that Zosimus and the Protospathaire exchanged expressive glances, as calling on each other to notice the by-play of the leader of the Varangians. Count Robert of Paris
  • In 1776 Cagliostro and his wife were in London, where "Cagliostro" became a Freemason, joining a lodge connected with "The Order of Strict Observance," a secret society incorporated with Freemasonry, and which (on the Continent, at least) was concerned largely with occult subjects. Alchemy: Ancient and Modern
  • Hearing the Lord's voice takes us beyond mere religious profession or formal observances.
  • There are three traditional focuses for our Lenten observance and they are prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
  • They extended to religious observance and penance, or expiation, though in the later period there is a tendency to concentrate on what looks more today, in the west, like law.
  • Harmartolos was a term taken from archery, meaning to miss the target: in this context it simply means someone who does not adhere to the Jewish law or ritual observances—either because he or she has failed to keep the prescribed practices, or because he or she is not Jewish at all14. The Templar Revelation
  • 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.
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