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By their observance, an earth of peace may become not a vision but a fact.

And the observance of this principle throughout a speech furnishes the whole art.

It is an electrum, and magic and the observance of the hour have nothing to do with it.

He may even cheat the gods of their due if he is formally correct in his observance.

"You shall have all observance," he said with his sweetest smile.

Laxity in the observance of this rule will result disastrously.

Religion is no way of life, no show of life, no observance of any sort.

The best results can be obtained only by observance of principles.

They felt no joy in the possibility of its observance, they felt no need of its processes.

In observance of the precepts of the church he was exemplary.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., "act performed in accordance with prescribed usage," especially a religious or ceremonial one, from Old French observance, osservance "observance, discipline," or directly from Latin observantia "act of keeping customs, attention, respect, regard, reverence," from observantem (nominative observans), present participle of observare (see observe). Observance is the attending to and carrying out of a duty or rule. Observation is watching, noticing.

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