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canon

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of canon

  1. 1 a statement or body of statements concerning faith or morals proclaimed by a church members of the church must abide by its canons Synonyms of canon doctrine, dogmaWords Related to canon canon law; belief, conviction, tenet; credo, creed, ideology (also idealogy), philosophy, theology; axiom, precept, principle; symbol

  2. 2 a record of a series of items (as names or titles) usually arranged according to some system the canon of plays that are attributed to William Shakespeare Synonyms of canon list, catalog (or catalogue), checklist, listing, menu, register, registry, roll, roll call, roster, schedule, tableWords Related to canon agenda, bibliography, catalogue raisonné, compendium, compilation, directory, docket, enumeration, glossary, index, inventory, manifest, payroll; calendar, chronology, timetable

  3. 3 a collection or system of rules of conduct the ABA Model Code of Professional Responsibility is a lawyer's canon Synonyms of canon code, constitution, decalogue, lawWords Related to canon discipline, establishment; common law, legislation

Synonym Discussion of canon

law, rule, regulation, precept, statute, ordinance, canon mean a principle governing action or procedure. law implies imposition by a sovereign authority and the obligation of obedience on the part of all subject to that authority.
    • obey the law
rule applies to more restricted or specific situations.
    • the rules of the game
regulation implies prescription by authority in order to control an organization or system.
    • regulations affecting nuclear power plants
precept commonly suggests something advisory and not obligatory communicated typically through teaching.
    • the precepts of effective writing
statute implies a law enacted by a legislative body.
    • a statute requiring the use of seat belts
ordinance applies to an order governing some detail of procedure or conduct enforced by a limited authority such as a municipality.
    • a city ordinance
canon suggests in nonreligious use a principle or rule of behavior or procedure commonly accepted as a valid guide.
    • the canons of good taste


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