non·​ca·​non·​i·​cal ˌnän-kə-ˈnä-ni-kəl How to pronounce noncanonical (audio)
: not relating to, part of, or sanctioned by a canon : not canonical
noncanonical literary works

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Another popular noncanonical ship is Sam and Dean from Supernatural, who are literally brothers. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, 18 May 2023 Tessa is a rising star in her small field: the noncanonical work of minor Roman poets. Washington Post, 31 Dec. 2021 McCrary was for many years a nun with the Sisters for Christian Community, a noncanonical Catholic order of religious women formed after the Second Vatican Council. Fred Bahnson, Harpers Magazine, 5 Jan. 2021 Besides, optimization isn’t necessarily the goal, given that the experiments being done to incorporate noncanonical amino acids are exploratory and geared toward applications, not theoretical research. Quanta Magazine, 2 Jan. 2018 George Church, the prominent geneticist at Harvard University known for his entrepreneurial endeavors in biotech, is spearheading an effort to reclaim redundant codons for natural amino acids to specify noncanonical ones instead. Quanta Magazine, 2 Jan. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of noncanonical was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Noncanonical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jun. 2023.

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