canonicity

noun

can·​on·​ic·​i·​ty ˌka-nə-ˈni-sə-tē How to pronounce canonicity (audio)
: the quality or state of being canonical

Examples of canonicity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Adam Pally, Casey Wilson, Elisha Cuthbert, and Zachary Knighton and executive producers David Caspe and Jonathan Groff, debated at the panel, are of questionable canonicity. Vulture, 13 Nov. 2022 In late 2020, Patty Jenkins also claimed that all the DC directors ignore the canonicity of Whedon’s version, and side with the Snyder Cut in their storytelling. Ryan Britt, Vulture, 18 Mar. 2021 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, 22 Oct. 2020 And boom—a new, low-canonicity idea was born, primed to go viral. National Geographic, 7 Oct. 2016 Lower canonicity means the idea is more unusual, and more likely to go viral. National Geographic, 7 Oct. 2016 Lower canonicity means the idea is more unusual, and more likely to go viral. National Geographic, 7 Oct. 2016 And boom—a new, low-canonicity idea was born, primed to go viral. National Geographic, 7 Oct. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of canonicity was in 1797

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“Canonicity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/canonicity. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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