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 for ordination
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Ordination \Or`di*na"tion\, n. [L. ordinatio: cf. F.
     1. The act of ordaining, appointing, or setting apart; the
        state of being ordained, appointed, etc.
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              The holy and wise ordination of God.  --Jer. Taylor.
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              Virtue and vice have a natural ordination to the
              happiness and misery of life respectively. --Norris.
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     2. (Eccl.) The act of setting apart to an office in the
        Christian ministry; the conferring of holy orders.
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     3. Disposition; arrangement; order. [R.]
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     Angle of ordination (Geom.), the angle between the axes of
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: the status of being ordained to a sacred office
      2: logical or comprehensible arrangement of separate elements;
         "we shall consider these questions in the inverse order of
         their presentation" [syn: ordering, order, ordination]
      3: the act of ordaining; the act of conferring (or receiving)
         holy orders; "the rabbi's family was present for his
         ordination" [syn: ordination, ordinance]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  56 Moby Thesaurus words for "ordination":
     acceptance, adjustment, admission, admittance, apostolic orders,
     appointment, assignment, baptism, calling, canonization, charting,
     codification, commitment, conferment, consecration, coordination,
     dedication, designation, devotion, election, enlistment,
     enrollment, hallowing, harmonization, holy orders, immission,
     inauguration, induction, initiation, installation, instatement,
     institution, intromission, investiture, major orders,
     methodization, minor orders, naming, nomination, normalization,
     ordainment, orders, organization, planning, posting, preferment,
     presentation, rationalization, reading in, regularization,
     regulation, routinization, selection, systematization, tabbing,

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ORDINATION, civil and eccl. law. The act of conferring the orders of the 
  church upon an individual. Nov. 137. 

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