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canon law

noun

Simple Definition of canon law

  • : the laws of a religion

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of canon law

  1. :  the usually codified law governing a church

Examples of canon law in a sentence

  1. a marriage valid under Catholic canon law



15th Century

First Known Use of canon law

15th century


Law Dictionary

canon law

noun

Legal Definition of canon law

  1. :  a body of religious law governing the conduct of members of a particular faith; especially :  the codified church law of the Roman Catholic Church



Additional Notes on canon law

Common law has been influenced by canon law in the areas of marriage and inheritance. Roman Catholic canon law, like the civil law, has been modeled on ancient Roman law. The source for Roman Catholic canon law is the Code of Canon Law. The Rudder (Pedalion) is a source for Greek Orthodox canon law. Jewish canon law is contained in the Talmud.


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