canonical

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adjective ca·non·i·cal \-ni-kəl\

Definition of canonical

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or forming a canon canonical scriptures

  2. 2 :  conforming to a general rule or acceptable procedure :  orthodox His proposals were generally accepted as canonical.

  3. 3 :  of or relating to a clergyman who is a canon

  4. 4 :  reduced to the canonical form a canonical matrix

canonically

play \-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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Origin and Etymology of canonical

see 1canon


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Christian Religious Terms


CANONICAL Defined for English Language Learners

canonical

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adjective

Definition of canonical for English Language Learners

  • : 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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