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ORDAIN. To ordain is to make an ordinance, to enact a law.
     2. In the constitution of the United States, the preamble. declares that the people "do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America." The 3d article of the same constitution declares, that "the judicial power shall be vested in one supreme court, and in such inferior courts as the congress may from time to time ordain and establish. "See 1 Wheat. R. 304, 324; 4 Wheat: R. 316, 402.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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(24.) My candidates for the ten are: (1) 1311 -- the Ordinances and the Lords' Ordainers; (2) 1322 -- the Statute of York; (3) 1327 -- the deposition of Edward II; (4) 1341 -- the Stratford crisis; (5) 1348-49 -- the Black Death; (6) 1376 -- the Good Parliament; (7) 1381 -- the Peasants' Revolt; (8) 1386-87 -- the Crisis of 1386-87; (9) 1388 -- the Merciless Parliament; and (10) 1399 -- the Deposition of Richard II.
1260); active in the later Scots campaigns of Edward I, probably at Stirling Bridge (1297), and took part in the invasions of 1300, 1301, and 1303; routed the army of Robert Bruce at Methven by a dawn attack on the Scots camp (June 19, 1306); Bruce gained his revenge the next year when Pembroke's mounted men-at-arms were unable to break Bruce's spearmen at Loudoun Hill (May 10, 1307); rebelled against the influence of King Edward II's favorite Piers Gaveston, and supported the Lords Ordainers (1311); became a reluctant supporter of Edward II when Thomas of Lancaster had Gaveston snatched from Pembroke's safekeeping and executed (September?