canonicity

noun
can·​on·​ic·​i·​ty | \ ˌka-nə-ˈni-sə-tē How to pronounce canonicity (audio) \

Definition of canonicity

: the quality or state of being canonical

Examples of canonicity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was something powerful and transgressive about adopting the syllabus, with its air of canonicity and expertise, to describe worlds that had grown in the shadows of official neglect. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "A Celebration of the Syllabus," 22 Oct. 2020 And boom—a new, low-canonicity idea was born, primed to go viral. National Geographic, "The Real Reason Clowns Creep Us Out," 7 Oct. 2016 Lower canonicity means the idea is more unusual, and more likely to go viral. National Geographic, "The Real Reason Clowns Creep Us Out," 7 Oct. 2016 Lower canonicity means the idea is more unusual, and more likely to go viral. National Geographic, "The Real Reason Clowns Creep Us Out," 7 Oct. 2016 And boom—a new, low-canonicity idea was born, primed to go viral. National Geographic, "The Real Reason Clowns Creep Us Out," 7 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of canonicity

1797, in the meaning defined above

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“Canonicity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canonicity. Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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