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canon

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1 a statement or body of statements concerning faith or morals proclaimed by a church

  • members of the church must abide by its canons
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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
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3 a collection or system of rules of conduct

  • the ABA Model Code of Professional Responsibility is a lawyer's canon
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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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