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: of, relating to, or forming a canon
: conforming to a general rule or acceptable procedure : orthodox
His proposals were generally accepted as canonical.
: of or relating to a clergyman who is a canon
: reduced to the canonical form
a canonical matrix
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15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
see canon entry 1
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: connected with or allowed by the laws of the Christian church
: of or relating to the books that are considered to be part of a religion's official text
: of or relating to the group of books, plays, poems, etc., that are traditionally considered to be very important
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