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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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(Ecclesiastical Terms) the fact or quality of being canonical
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(ˌkæn əˈnɪs ɪ ti)

the quality of being canonical.
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This shift provided a source for critical debates about the "nature and desirability" of that fidelity and served the "rhetoric of canonicity" (p.
It was signed in breach of canonicity and this is why it has no power", Vladimir Legoida, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Synodal Department for Church-Society and Media Relations, posted in Telegram messenger.
Scripture scholar Raymond Collins asks us to make some nuances of our own when reflecting on the significance of the centuries-long battle for canonicity. Consider, Collins suggests, that canonicity and inspiration are not interchangeable terms.
Four main issues arise for commentary below: currency, canonicity, collecting practices, and coverage.
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Telling the Real Story is an important challenge to canonicity (both critical attention now, and in a historical sense) and its unfair and unfriendly relationship with non-realism in New Zealand literature.
I will now turn to the specificities of circulation and canonicity to further elaborate this understanding of translation as knowledge-making.
Of most particular interest to Woolf scholars are the first and final chapters, which focus explicitly on Woolf's engagement with mass readerships and with growing canonicity through Publishers' reprint series.
The chapters devoted to individual authors (Pamuk and Ferrante) prove that cultural mobility and canonicity are social, that leaving home, as in Murakami and Ferrante, invalidates any need to seek the explanatory "authority" of your otherness, whether one is an Indian reading a Turk or an American reading a Nigerian, in English.
The title of this essay refers to the context of its original presentation at a Yale conference (2012), entitled 'Marginality, Canonicity, Passion.' My contribution, now updated and revised for this publication, was meant to introduce to a varied audience the ancient Greek novel and the vicissitudes of its reception, presented as a case study of changing tastes and values in contemporary attitudes and interests.