canon law

noun

Definition of canon law

:the usually codified law governing a church

Examples of canon law in a Sentence

  1. a marriage valid under Catholic canon law

First Known Use of canon law

15th century


CANON LAW Defined for English Language Learners

canon law

noun

Definition of canon law for English Language Learners

  • : the laws of a religion


Law Dictionary

canon law

noun

legal Definition of canon law

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