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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.
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Adj.1.canonic - appearing in a biblical canon; "a canonical book of the Christian New Testament"
2.canonic - of or relating to or required by canon law
3.canonic - 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.canonic - 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"
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For, not to hint of this: that it is an inference from certain canonic teachings, that while some natural enjoyments here shall have no children born to them for the other world, but, on the contrary, shall be followed by the joy-childlessness of all hell's despair; whereas, some guilty mortal miseries shall still fertilely beget to themselves an eternally progressive progeny of griefs beyond the grave; not at all to hint of this, there still seems an inequality in the deeper analysis of the thing.
For instance, in the scherzo of the Second Sextet, Brahms develops the Gavotte-derived material through fugal and canonic elaboration as well as inversion and diminution.
Winckelmann is canonic in art history for his History of the art of antiquity, of 1767.
Apart from the breathtaking loans, there is a daunting catalogue containing 144 entries on works by canonic figures (Goujon, Pilon, Falconet, Girardon, Coysevox, Pigalle, Houdon) in addition to lesser lights as one moves from French Mannerism past Louis XIV, XV, and XVI to the rationalist French sculptors of the eighteenth century.
Reviewing the culture of architecture, it seems that the scale of the building is far from being a determinant of canonic architecture.
The internal mould (mandrel) is made usually canonic.
Shouldn't such unanimity--as opposed to canonic sequence, say--be employed in a finale?
Less so the famed Sonata of Csar Franck, which seemed quite inhibited and, especially in the cheery bell-like canonic finale, too darkly hued.
Literary prizes both audition works for the canon and present opportunities to contest canonic values.
Carnap's distorted version of Popper's views became canonic for a generation and blocked their public exposure.
As a careful builder of poems made of what seems to be a spoken language, Amichai uses canonic Hebrew in a unique way.
At one time this opera would not have even been slightly familiar, never mind given central canonic status.