Definition of canon law
: the usually codified law governing a church
Examples of canon law in a sentence
a marriage valid under Catholic canon law
First Known Use of canon law
CANON LAW Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of canon law for English Language Learners
: the laws of a religion
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
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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