uncanonical

adjective

un·​ca·​non·​i·​cal ˌən-kə-ˈnä-ni-kəl How to pronounce uncanonical (audio)
: 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
uncanonically 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, 27 May 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1632, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of uncanonical was in 1632

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“Uncanonical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncanonical. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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