un·​ca·​non·​i·​cal | \ ˌən-kə-ˈnä-ni-kəl How to pronounce uncanonical (audio) \

Definition of uncanonical

: not canonical: such as
a : not in accord with church canons an uncanonical marriage
b : not belonging to the canon of biblical books an uncanonical work
c : not conforming to accepted ideas or beliefs : unsanctioned, unorthodox uncanonical religious ideas

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Other Words from uncanonical

uncanonically \ ˌən-​kə-​ˈnä-​ni-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce uncanonical (audio) \ adverb

Examples of uncanonical in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thus, according to Ovid, Peleus begets the great Achilles, as Homeric scripture had ordained, but the wizard Proteus insinuates his slippery self into the process, despite getting his thunder stolen by Thetis’s uncanonical transformations. Marina Warner, The New York Review of Books, 25 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of uncanonical

1632, in the meaning defined above

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“Uncanonical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncanonical. Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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