canonical

adjective
ca·​non·​i·​cal | \ kə-ˈnä-ni-kəl How to pronounce canonical (audio) \

Definition of canonical

1 : of, relating to, or forming a canon canonical scriptures
2 : conforming to a general rule or acceptable procedure : orthodox His proposals were generally accepted as canonical.
3 : of or relating to a clergyman who is a canon
4 : reduced to the canonical form a canonical matrix

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Other Words from canonical

canonically \ kə-​ˈnä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce canonically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of canonical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web François stresses that his version of degrowth is not canonical. Aaron Timms, The New Republic, "Privacy Policy," 27 Jan. 2020 Some hidebound fans refused to imagine that a character defined by physical alteration, in a series that does not fret much over canonical consistency, could change into a woman. Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Doctor Who’ meets James Bond in the swashbuckling ‘Spyfall’," 1 Jan. 2020 The Vatican in May issued another law explicitly saying victims cannot be silenced and have a right to learn the outcome of canonical trials. NBC News, "Pope abolishes 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases," 17 Dec. 2019 In July, Francis ordered McCarrick, 88, to observe a lifetime of penance and prayer pending the outcome of a canonical trial into the groping allegation involving a teenage altar boy in the 1970s. Nicole Winfield, The Seattle Times, "Pope to meet US bishops Thursday over abuse scandal," 11 Sep. 2018 As recent newcomers to the Bay Area taco scene have proven, the idea of there being a canonical way to make a taco is kind of bunk. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "The dynamism of the ever-changing taco," 6 Jan. 2020 The Vatican had long insisted that such confidentiality was necessary to protect the privacy of the victim, the reputation of the accused and the integrity of the canonical process. Fox News, "Pope Francis lifts 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases used to protect pedophiles, silence victims," 18 Dec. 2019 The Vatican had long insisted that such confidentiality was necessary to protect the privacy of the victim, the reputation of the accused and the integrity of the canonical process. Nicole Winfield, The Denver Post, "Pope abolishes “pontifical secret” in clergy sex abuse cases," 17 Dec. 2019 The Vatican had long insisted that such confidentiality was necessary to protect the privacy of the victim, the reputation of the accused and the integrity of the canonical process. NBC News, "Pope abolishes 'pontifical secret' in clergy sex abuse cases," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of canonical

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for canonical

see canon entry 1

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“Canonical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canonically?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=c&file=canoni03. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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canonical

adjective
How to pronounce canonical (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of canonical

: 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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