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noun
  1. the body of codified ecclesiastical law, especially of the Roman Catholic Church as promulgated in ecclesiastical councils and by the pope.
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Origin of canon law

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50
Related formscanon lawyer, noun
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Historical Examples

  • The instruction was in ancient languages, history, ethics and canon-law; and the teachers were nominated by the king.

    History of Holland

    George Edmundson

  • Pastors were to be elected by the congregation, and the whole system of canon-law was repudiated.

  • He holds in his hand his manual of canon-law, Peter the Lombard, a treatise on the syllogism.

    A Tour Through The Pyrenees

    Hippolyte Adolphe Taine


British Dictionary definitions for canon law

canon law

noun
  1. the law governing the affairs of a Christian Church, esp the law created or recognized by papal authority in the Roman Catholic ChurchSee Corpus Juris Canonici, Codex Juris Canonici
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