can·​on·​ist | \ ˈka-nə-nist How to pronounce canonist (audio) \

Definition of canonist

: a specialist in canon law

Examples of canonist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While church trials do make use of police investigations and evidence from secular courts, a counter-study commissioned by an entire bishops' conference could run into jurisdictional problems at a canonical trial, canonists said. Fox News, "Pope role in study of Argentine sex abuse case in spotlight," 18 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of canonist

1542, in the meaning defined above

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“Canonist.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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