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 (kə-nŏn′ĭ-kəl) also ca·non·ic (-ĭk)
1. Of, relating to, or required by canon law.
2. Of or appearing in the biblical canon.
3. Conforming to orthodox or well-established rules or patterns, as of procedure.
4. Of or belonging to a cathedral chapter.
5. Of or relating to a literary canon: a canonical writer like Keats.
6. Music Having the form of a canon.

ca·non′i·cal·ly adv.
can′on·ic′i·ty (kăn′ə-nĭs′ĭ-tē) n.


(kəˈnɒnɪkəl) or


1. (Ecclesiastical Terms) belonging to or included in a canon of sacred or other officially recognized writings
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) belonging to or in conformity with canon law
3. according to recognized law; accepted
4. (Classical Music) music in the form of a canon
5. (Ecclesiastical Terms) of or relating to a cathedral chapter
caˈnonically adv


(kəˈnɒn ɪ kəl)

adj. Also, ca•non′ic.
1. pertaining to, established by, or conforming to a canon or canons.
2. included in the canon of the Bible.
3. authorized; recognized; accepted.
4. (of a mathematical equation, coordinate, etc.) in simplest or standard form.
5. canonicals, garments prescribed by canon law for clergy when officiating.
[1150–1200; Middle English (< Anglo-French) < Medieval Latin]
ca•non′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.canonical - appearing in a biblical canon; "a canonical book of the Christian New Testament"
2.canonical - of or relating to or required by canon law
3.canonical - reduced to the simplest and most significant form possible without loss of generality; "a basic story line"; "a canonical syllable pattern"
standard - established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence; "a standard reference work"; "the classical argument between free trade and protectionism"
4.canonical - conforming to orthodox or recognized rules; "the drinking of cocktails was as canonical a rite as the mixing"- Sinclair Lewis
orthodox - adhering to what is commonly accepted; "an orthodox view of the world"


adjective authorized, accepted, approved, recognized, sanctioned, orthodox, authoritative Caravaggio has finally attained canonical status as an artist.


Adhering to beliefs or practices approved by authority or tradition:
مُطابِقٌ للشَّرع الكَنَسي
í samræmi viî kirkjurétt
kutsal olanlara ait


[kəˈnɒnɪkəl] ADJcanónico


(Eccl) → kanonisch; canonical dressPriestergewand nt
(fig, = accepted) → anerkannt, rechtmäßig


(ˈkӕnən) noun
1. a rule (especially of the church).
2. a clergyman belonging to a cathedral.
3. a list of saints.
4. a musical composition in which one part enters after another in imitation.
5. all the writings of an author that are accepted as genuine. the Shakespeare canon.
caˈnonical (-ˈno-) adjective
ˈcanonize, ˈcanonise verb
to place in the list of saints. Joan of Arc was canonized in 1920.
ˌcanoniˈzation, ˌcanoniˈsation noun
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