Canonical life

the method or rule of living prescribed by the ancient clergy who lived in community; a course of living prescribed for the clergy, less rigid than the monastic, and more restrained that the secular.

See also: canonic

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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By the end of the eleventh century, San Frediano was a centre of the reformed canonical life, that is, it was served by a community of canons, who, though not full monks, lived the |common life' while performing pastoral duties.