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English noun: observance

1. observance (act) the act of observing; taking a patient look

Synonymsobservation, watching

Broader (hypernym)look, looking, looking at

Narrower (hyponym)monitoring, sighting, stargazing

2. observance (event) a formal event performed on a special occasion

SamplesA ceremony commemorating Pearl Harbor.

Synonymsceremonial, ceremonial occasion, ceremony

Broader (hypernym)affair, function, occasion, social function, social occasion

Narrower (hyponym)circumstance, commemoration, dedication, exercise, fire walking, formalities, formality, funeral, hymeneals, induction, initiation, installation, Maundy, memorialisation, memorialization, military ceremony, nuptials, opening, pageant, pageantry, potlatch, wedding, wedding ceremony

3. observance (cognition) the act of noticing or paying attention

SamplesHe escaped the notice of the police.

Synonymsnotice, observation

Broader (hypernym)attending, attention

Narrower (hyponym)mind, remark

4. observance (act) conformity with law or custom or practice etc.


Broader (hypernym)abidance, compliance, conformation, conformity

Narrower (hyponym)punctilio


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