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

Examples of noncanonical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, with over a dozen series and movies — not including noncanonical specials and the LEGO series — the timeline of the Star Wars universe does not follow its release schedule. Keith Langston, Peoplemag, 4 May 2024 The releases will also include the noncanonical Undead Nightmare single-player campaign that pitted John Marston against hordes of zombies. Andrew Webster, The Verge, 7 Aug. 2023 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

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The first known use of noncanonical was in 1873

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“Noncanonical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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